Charles Stoppelaer, Portrait Painter

(fl. 1703-1745)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

In 1703 he petitioned for the freedom of the Corporation of Painter-Stayners and Cutlers, the Guild of St. Luke, in Dublin, "for that he was an artist," and was admitted as a quarter-brother. On a further petition in 1708 he was admitted to the freedom of the Guild, "in regard that the petitioner is a Protestant stranger,* and he was ordered to pay to the Guild four pounds, or, instead, to present a picture of the value of three pounds. Stoppelaer chose the latter course and on the 5th October brought in his picture, described as "A Hare," or "A Piece of Still-life." This was hung in the Hall of the Guild. Stoppelaer was a member of the Council of the Guild for many years, but in 1738, 18th October, he resigned and appears to have gone to London. A "Portrait of Joe Miller, as Teague in 'The Committee,'" was painted by him in 1738, and engraved in mezzotint by Andrew Miller; Chas. Stoppelaer pinx., 1738. A Miller fecit, 1739. Bryan and Redgrave both wrongly ascribe the picture to Michael Stoppelaer (q.v.). The print was copied in stipple by W. Greatbach in 1836. In the National Gallery of Ireland is a half-length "Portrait of a Man," signed C. Stoppelaer Londini Pinx. 1745.

NOTE: * The Irish Parliament passed an Act in 1662 "to encourage Protestant strangers and others to inhabit and plant in the Kingdom of Ireland."

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