Martin Cregan

Cregan, Martin, R.H.A., was born in the County of Meath in 1788. He studied art in the schools of the Royal Dublin Society, and under his countryman Sir Martin Archer Shee, in London, and was one of the first exhibitors at the Royal Hibernian Academy, established in 1823. He rose to a high place as a portrait-painter in Dublin, and was for twenty-three years President of the Academy. His paintings are said to be "faithful as to likeness and effective in colour, full of feeling, but subdued and natural, characterized by much taste and fine tone and finish." He died in Dublin, 12th December 1870, aged 82, and was interred at Mount Jerome Cemetery.


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