Charles Russell, Portrait Painter

(b. 1852, d. 1910)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Charles Russell, R.H.A. Photograph.

Was the second son of John Russell, an artist of Fochabers, Scotland, and was born at Dumbarton on 4th February, 1852. At the age of 22, in 1874, he came to Dublin and was employed by Chancellor, of Sackville Street, in painting portraits from photographs. He continued in this employment for ten years and then started for himself as a portrait painter. He began to contribute to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1878, exhibiting landscapes down to 1884, when he sent his first portrait, that of "Bingham McGuinness," the landscape painter. Henceforth he confined himself chiefly to portraiture, but never attained much success as an artist. Among his exhibited portraits were those of "P. V. Duffy," the artist, in 1885; "Dr. Nicholas Donnelly," 1887; "Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar," 1890; "Richard Burke, M.F.H.," 1891; "Joseph Meade, Lord Mayor," and "Mrs. Meade," 1892; "Sir James Murphy, Bart," 1904; "J. M. Kavanagh, R.H.A.," 1906; and "Lord Ashbourne," painted for the Incorporated Law Society, 1907.

Russell was elected an Associate of the Academy on 8th June, 1891, and a Member on 18th January, 1893. He died at his residence, Prince Edward Terrace, Blackrock, on 12th December, 1910.

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