SMITH, STEPHEN CATTERSON, R.H.A.

(b. 1849, d. 1912)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

S. Catterson Smith, jun., R.H.A. Photograph.

Eldest son of S. Catterson Smith, P.R.H.A. (q.v.), was born on 19th June, 1849, at 42 St. Stephen's Green. He was educated at Dr. Rice's school in Harcourt Street, and afterwards studied with private tutors for entrance to the army; but, owing to financial losses which his father sustained at this time, he was obliged to forego his intention of adopting the military profession, and he settled down as an artist in his father's studio. He made his first appearance as an exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1871 with "a Portrait," and thenceforth almost to the end of his life was a regular exhibitor.

On his father's death in 1872 he succeeded to most of his connection as a portrait painter, and painted many persons of note in Ireland; a number of his works are in public institutions in Dublin. Besides portraits he exhibited landscapes chiefly of Scottish scenery, the results of his annual visits to Scotland. He was elected an Associate of the Academy on 18th March, 1876, and a Member on 20th April, 1879. For twenty years he held the position of Secretary to the Academy, and was always deeply interested in its welfare; and it owed much to his knowledge, experience and sound judgment.

While in Edinburgh in 1905, in connection with the exhibition of Watts's pictures, which he was mainly instrumental in organising for the Hibernian Academy, he caught a severe cold, which permanently affected his health and rendered him comparatively an invalid for the remaining years of his life. He died on Sunday, the 24th November, 1912, at his residence, 42 St. Stephen's Green, in the same room in which he had been born, and was buried in Deans Grange cemetery. He was painting almost to the last, and left a nearly completed portrait on his easel. He was survived by his wife Henrietta, daughter of John Aitken of Edinburgh, whom he married in 1873, and his only son Stephen, a barrister. Smith was a conscientious and painstaking artist; his portraits were soundly painted, though often lacking in vigour and strength, and weak and timid in colour.

His numerous works include:

James, 1st Duke of Abercorn.—See under S. Catterson Smith, P.H.R.A.

Mrs. Aitken. [Mrs. Catterson Smith, 42 St. Stephen's Green.] R.H.A., 1880.

Emily, Lady Arnott. [Lady Arnott, Dunardagh, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.]

Sir John Barrington. Presented to him by the Amicable Club, 27th December, 1879. [Jonathan P. Barrington, Morehampton Road, Dublin.] R.H.A., 1880.

Major W. D'Oyley Battley. [Colonel Battley, Belvedere Hall, Bray.]

Colonel D'Oyly C. Battley and family. [Colonel Battley, Belvedere Hall, Bray.]

Charles Benson, M.D. [Royal College of Surgeons, St. Stephen's Green.]

Mrs. Charles Benson. [Miss Mary K. Benson, Eskeragh, Howth.]

Major George Beresford. Posthumous portrait. R.H.A., 1875. [J. G. Massy Beresford, Macbie Hill, Peebles.]

Rev. John Massy Beresford, Dean of Kilmore. R.H.A., 1879. [J. G. Massy Beresford, Macbie Hill, Peebles.]

Mrs. John Massy Beresford. [J. G. Massy Beresford, Macbie Hill, Peebles.]

Miss Sabina Massy Beresford, afterwards Mrs. Walters. [J. G. Massy Beresford. Macbie Hill, Peebles.]

Miss L. H. G. Massy Beresford. [J. G. Massy Beresford, Macbie Hill, Peebles.]

Dawson Borrer.

Mrs. James Brenan. [Mrs. F. Gick, Leinster Road, Rathmines.]

Mrs. George Brooke. [Sir G. F. Brooke, Bart., Gardiner's Row, Dublin.] R.H.A., 1876.

Alan and Edward, sons of Alan C. Bruce-Pryce, Duffryn, Glamorganshire. [Mrs. Bruce-Pryce, Cheltenham.] R.H.A., 1882.

J. Bruce-Pryce—"The Prince's Page." R.H.A., 1885.

Augustus N. Burke, R.H.A. [Royal Hibernian Academy.] Presented by the artist. R.H.A., 1892.

Sir Charles A. Cameron, C.B. [Masonic Hall, Molesworth Street.]

Misses Lucie and Helena Cameron—"The Swing." [Sir Charles A. Cameron, Pembroke Road, Dublin.]

Canon F. F. Carmichael. [Canon Carmichael, Sallymount Avenue, Dublin.] R.H.A., 1893.

Henry, 5th Earl of Castlestewart, [Earl of Castlestewart, Stuart Hall, Co. Tyrone.]

Augusta, Countess of Castlestewart. [Earl of Castlestewart, Stuart Hall, Co. Tyrone.]

Mrs. G. Gordon Cleather. [Mrs. Gordon Cleather, Hogarth Road, London.]

Sir Henry Cochrane, Bart. [Sir Ernest C. Cochrane, Bart., The Raswell, Surrey.]

Sir Henry Cochrane, Bart. Replica of above. [Stanley H. Cochrane, Woodbrook, Bray.]

Lady Cochrane. [Stanley H. Cochrane, Woodbrook, Bray.] R.H.A., 1909.

Captain Henry Cochrane. [Stanley H. Cochrane, Woodbrook, Bray.]

Wellington Colomb. [R.I. Constabulary, Depot, Phoenix Park.] R.H.A. 1887.

Thomas Conolly. [Capt. E. Conolly, Castletown, Co. Kildare.]

Henry Gray Croly, F.R.C.S.I. [Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin.] R.H.A., 1895. A replica belongs to the family.

La Marquise de la Bedoyère, née Greville. R.H.A., 1906.

Mrs. James Day. [Stanley H. Cochrane, Woodbrook, Bray.]

Mrs. Charles Dickinson. [Charles Dickinson, Fortfield Lodge, Terenure.]

W. Douglas Dickie, [Mrs. Dickie, 50 Brighton Road, Rathgar.] R.H.A., 1878.

Mrs. W. Douglas Dickie. [Mrs. Dickie, 50 Brighton Road, Rathgar.]

Arthur and Margaret Douglas Dickie. [Mrs. Dickie, 50 Brighton Road, Rathgar.]

Hon. Luke Gerald Dillon, afterwards 4th Lord Clonbrock. Presented to his son, Hon. Robert E. Dillon, on his coming of age, by the Clonbrock tenantry. [Lord Clonbrock, Ahascragh, Co. Galway.]

Miss L. Dooley, afterwards Mrs. J. Carolan. [Dr. Speedy, 38 North Frederick Street, Dublin.]

Mrs. Edmeades, née Isaacke. [Colonel Edmeades, The Hazels, Southfleet, Kent.]

Sir Thomas H. Grattan Esmonde, Bart. [Sir Thomas H. Grattan Esmonde, Bart., M.P., Ballynastragh, Co. Wexford.]

Lady Grattan Esmonde. [Sir Thomas H. Grattan Esmonde, Bart., M.P., Ballynastragh, Co. Wexford.]

Captain H. Grattan Esmonde. [Sir Thomas H. Grattan Esmonde, Bart., M.P.] Ballynastragh, Co. Wexford.]

Henry Egerton.

W. J. Fitzpatrick. [Louis J. Fitzpatrick, Australia.] R.H.A., 1892.

W. J. Fitzpatrick. Replica of above. [National Gallery of Ireland.]

T. W. French, R.M., Co. Sligo. Posthumous portrait. R.H.A., 1879. Samuel Gordon, M.D. [Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street.] R.H.A., 1887.

Charles Grey, R.H.A. [Alfred Grey, R.H.A.] R.H.A., 1887.

Sir William Goulding, Bart. [Sir William Goulding, Bart., Millicent, Co. Kildare.]

Miss N. Grogan. [Sir Edward Grogan, Bart.]

Miss Sarah Hampson, Superintendent Rotunda Hospital. [Rotunda Hospital.] Presented by Sir William Smyly.

Rev. Father Hill. [Father Rice, Roscarbery, Co. Cork.]

John Hope. [J. Hope, Dalmeny, Montreal.]

Mrs. Hope. [J. Hope, Dalmeny, Montreal.]

Miss Hope. [Mrs. George W. Hooper, 24 St. Mark Street, Montreal.]

Charles Hope. [Mrs. F. J. Poett, Ripley, Yorks.]

Mrs. Charles Hope. [Mrs. F. J. Poett, Ripley, Yorks.]

John Hunter. [Mrs. Hunter, Oban.]

Maurice Healy, Archbishop of Tuam. [Convent, Tuam.]

Mrs. Frederick Isaacke, née Fortescue. [Colonel Edmeades, The Hazels, Southfleet, Kent.]

Denis Kelly, Bishop of Ross.

Sir Edward H. Hudson-Kinahan, 2nd Bart. [Glenville, Fermoy.] R.H.A., 1888.

Alexander Kinnear. [James Kinnear, Arkendale Road, Kingstown.]

Mrs. Alexander Kinnear. [James Kinnear, Arkendale Road, Kingstown.]

Sir Charles S. King, Bart. [Sir C. S. King, Bart., Lisbellaw, Fermanagh.]

Lady King. [Sir C. S. King, Bart., Lisbellaw, Fermanagh.]

Miss Isabella Digges La Touche. [Alexandra College.] R.H.A., 1891.

H. Brougham Leech, LL.D. [H. B. Leech, Blackheath, London.]

Mrs. H. Brougham Leech. [H. B. Leech, Blackheath, London.]

Cecil Brougham Leech, R. F. Artillery. [H. B. Leech, Blackheath, London.]

Major Arthur Owen Lewis, D.S.O. [Major A. Owen Lewis, Willfield, Ballsbridge.]

Mrs. A. Owen Lewis. [Major A. Owen Lewis, Willfield, Ballsbridge.]

Cyril Owen Lewis. [Major A. Owen Lewis, Willfield, Ballsbridge.]

Mrs. Richard Litton, née Stewart. [Colonel Lyster Smythe, Barbavilla, Co. Westmeath.]

Charles Lyall.

Hugh, 5th Lord Massy. [Lord Massy.] R.H.A., 1875.

Lady Massy. [Lord Massy.]

Grandison MacArthur.

Mrs. Grandison MacArthur.

Colonel Marcus Langford McCausland. [Colonel M. Langford McCausland, Taunton.]

Mrs. Marcus McCausland. [Colonel M. Langford McCausland, Taunton.] R.H.A., 1886.

Colonel Henry McCausland. [Mrs. McCausland, Walmer, Kent.]

Mrs. MacDougal, of Drumleck, Howth. [Rev. J. P. Mahaffy, 38 North Great George's Street, Dublin.]

Rev. W. MacMullen. [Wesley College, St. Stephen's Green.]

Mrs. William Malcolm, of Helensburgh, N.B.

Mrs. Magrath. [Rotunda Hospital.] Presented by Dr. R. D. Purefoy.

George Woods Maunsell. [Richard Maunsell, Oakley Park, Celbridge.] R.H.A., 1891.

Mrs. George Woods Maunsell. [Mrs. Bruce-Pryce, Cheltenham.]

William, 11th Earl of Meath. [Board of Irish Lights, Dublin.]

Rev. Horace Monroe. [The Rectory, Richmond, Surrey.]

John Mooney, C.V.O. [J. Mooney, Eastwell, Palmerston Park, Dublin.] A replica in Presbyterian Association Rooms, Upper Sackville Street, Dublin.

Miss Moore. Memorial Portrait. [Church of Ireland Training College, Kildare Street, Dublin.]

Homan Mulock, of Bellair, Queens's Co.

Dr. E. Neumann. [Schatzalp, Switzerland.]

Mrs. James Nisbet, Edinburgh.

Daniel O'Connell, M.P. [City Hall, Dublin.] Painted to replace the portrait by Catterson Smith, P.R.H.A., destroyed in the fire in the City Hall in Nov., 1908.

Madame O'Conor. [O'Conor Don, Clonalis, Co. Roscommon.]

Sir George B. Owens, Lord Mayor. [Colonel Owens, late Leinster Regt.] R.H.A., 1880.

J.D.Paul. R.H.A., 1876.

George Petrie, P.R.H.A. [Royal Hibernian Academy.] Posthumous portrait, presented by the artist. R.H.A., 1891.

Hon. C. M. B. Ponsonby. Grenadier Guards. [Sir Spencer Ponsonby-Fane, G.C.B.]

W. R. Rogers, solicitor. [Masonic Hall, Dundalk.]

Aquila Smith, M.D. [Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street.] Presented by Dr. Walter Smith. R.H.A., 1891.

Miss Rachel Smyly. [Sir William J. Smyly, M.D., 58 Merrion Square, Dublin.] R.H.A., 1895.

H. M. Smythe. [Colonel Lyster Smythe, Barbavilla, Co. Westmeath.]

Albert Speedy, M.D. [Dr. A. Speedy, 35 North Frederick Street, Dublin.]

Mrs. Albert Speedy. [Dr. A. Speedy, 35 North Frederick Street, Dublin.]

Robert D. Speedy, F.R.C.S.I. [Masonic Female Orphan School, Dublin.] Presented by Dr. A. Speedy. R.H.A., 1894.

Eliza, Lady Stewart. [Colonel Stewart, Hermitage, Blackrock.]

Alexander Stewart.

Alexander Stronach, of Glasgow.

Mrs. Stronach.

Miss Stuart. [Earl of Castlestewart, Stuart Hall, Co. Tyrone.]

Robert Tedcastle. [R. Tedcastle, Marlay, Rathfarnham.]

Mrs. Robert Tedcastle. [R. Tedcastle, Marlay, Rathfarnham.]

George B. Thompson. [G. B. Thompson, 13 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin.]

Mrs. Thompson. [G. B. Thompson, 13 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin.]

Thomas, 3rd Viscount de Vesci. [Board of Guardians, Abbeyleix.]

Queen Victoria. [Royal College of Surgeons, St. Stephen's Green.] Painted in commemoration of her Jubilee. R.H.A., 1889.

W. Rochfort Wade. [W. R. Wade, Belcamp-Hutchinson, Raheny.]

William Watson. [City of Dublin Steam Packet Co., Eden Quay.] R.H.A., 1885.

William De Courcey Wheeler, M.D. [Nursing Institution, Baggot Street, Dublin.]

Surgeon John Berry White. Painted for the members of the Dibragarh Club, Upper Assam. R.H.A., 1881.

Alderman James Winstanley. [Hospital, Chorley, Lancs.]

Mrs. James Winstanley. R.H.A., 1878.

Smith did a number of copies of pictures painted by his father, including the following:

Lord John George Beresford, Archbishop of Armagh. [The Palace, Armagh.]

John William, 4th Earl of Bessborough. [Sir S. Ponsonby Fane.]

George Brooke. [Sir G. F. Brooke, Bart.]

Richard G. H. Butcher, M.D. [Royal College of Surgeons, St. Stephen's Green.]

Lt.-Col. John A. Conolly, Coldstream Guards. Two copies, as wedding presents to his daughters from their aunt, Mrs. Conolly of Castletown.

Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness, [Lord Ardilaun.]

Lady Guinness. [Lord Ardilaun.]

John Hatchell. [King's Inns.]

Sir James Higginson, K.C.B. Copied for Government House Mauritius.

Thomas L. Lefroy, Chief Justice. [King's Inns.]

General Sir Hopton Scott, K.C.B. Copied for his regiment.

Also the following from old pictures:

James A., 1st Earl of Caledon. Painted from a picture at Caledon for the Government House, Capetown.

Hon. Charles Howard, colonel of the 19th Foot, the "Green Howards." Copy presented by Major A. Owen-Lewis to the Mess of the 19th Princess of Wales Regiment.

James, 1st Duke, and James, 2nd Duke, of Ormonde. Copies; presented to the Irish Guards by the Marquess of Ormonde.

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