WOODBURN, WILLIAM

(b. about 1735, d. 1818)

Landscape Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

William Woodburn. Picture, by William Cuming, P.R.H.A.; in the Royal Hibernian Academy.

A Dublin artist of whom but little is known. In his obituary notice in Carrick's "Morning Post" he is described as "a man whose talents did honour to his profession, and whose amiable and engaging manners made him at all times the favourite of a very extended and highly respectable circle of friends." A picture by him: "The Gamblers," was exhibited at Ellis's "Museum" in Mary Street in 1792, and was greatly admired. In his old age he was the recipient of a weekly allowance from the Hibernian Society of Artists. He died in Stephen Street in March, 1818, in the eighty-fourth year of his age. His portrait by William Cuming (q.v.) was presented by the painter to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1827, and now hangs in the Council Room in the Academy House.

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