CARLTON, THOMAS

(fl. 1670-1730)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

An artist working in Dublin at the latter end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries. He is one of the earliest portrait painters in Ireland whose name has come down to us. In 1670 when the Cutlers, Painter-Stayners and Stationers of Dublin were incorporated by a charter of King Charles II as "The Guild of St. Luke the Evangelist," Thomas Carlton was named as one of the Council, so that he must at that time have been of some standing in his profession. He was one of the Wardens of the Guild in 1680. A portrait of "John Jones, Cutler," painted by Carlton, was formerly in the Hall of the Guild, as also a portrait, likewise his work, of "William III" which he presented in 1720. A portrait of "John Stearne, Bishop of Clogher," was engraved in mezzotint by Thomas Beard in Dublin about 1728. The print is inscribed Thomas Carlton Dublini Pinxt. Aaron Crossley, herald-painter, in his will dated 28th February, 1723, appointed as one of his trustees "Thomas Carlton of Dublin, painter."

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