NUGENT, THOMAS

(fl. 1785-1798)

Engraver

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

An engraver of some merit, of whose personal history little is known. He was born in Drogheda and, after studying in the Dublin Society's Schools where he gained a medal in 1785, worked as an engraver in Dublin for a few years. Shee's portrait of the Rev. W. B. Kirwan was engraved by him in 1788, and a portrait of Lord Charlemont, by H. Hone, in 1790. He afterwards went to London where he found some employment. He engraved plates for Harding's "Shakespeare" and the "Biographical Mirror," and among others of his works were: "Mrs. Sheridan and her son," after Hoppner, "Edmund Burke," a bust on a sarcophagus, after R. K. Porter, 1798; "Portrait of William Ashford," after J. Comerford; "Hopton Haynes," after Highmore; "Summer" and "The Disconsolate and her Parrot," both after Morland, and "Fetching Water," after Hoppner. He worked chiefly in stipple. A drawing by him of "Edward Fitzgerald," one of the leaders in the Wexford Insurrection in 1798, was engraved in mezzotint by W. T. Annis. The date of his death is not known.

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