ROE, WILLIAM

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was trained in the Royal Dublin Society's Schools, and obtained several prizes between 1822 and 1827. He was afterwards, for a time, in London. He began to exhibit in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1826 and continued to contribute until 1847, his works being chiefly landscapes in water-colour, with an occasional portrait. In 1833 he exhibited a portrait of "A. Edouart," the silhouettist, and in 1835 one of the "Rev. W. S. Sadleir, F.T.C.D." A portrait of "William Carleton," the novelist, was engraved in stipple by J. W. Cooke in 1836. He left Dublin about 1835 and settled in Cork where he practised for some years. Works by him were in the Cork Exhibition of 1852. After leaving Dublin he only once contributed to the Royal Hibernian Academy, sending from 78 Grand Parade, Cork, in 1847, his "Bogwood Sellers." He was a clever delineator of scenes of Irish life, and excelled in pencil drawings which were delicately and correctly done.

Roe died between 1847 and 1852. A number of his pencil sketches, "Views of Cork and its environs," signed and dated 1837-8-9, belong to Count Plunkett. Some were reproduced in the "Cork Archaeological Society's Journal," Vols. VIII and IX.

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