Christopher Moore, Sculptor

(b. 1790, d. 1863)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Christopher Moore, R.H.A. Oil Sketch, by John Doyle; in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Was born in Dublin in 1790. His name as an artist first appears in 1819, when he was living at No. 2 Upper Gloucester Place, Dublin, and exhibited two works, a "Portrait of Himself" and "The Combat between the Archangel Michael and Satan," in the Dublin Society's House in Hawkins Street. Soon after this he went to London, and in 1821 was living at No. 178 Terrace, Tottenham Court Road. In that year he sent to the British Institution his "Combat between the Archangel Michael and Satan," which he had previously exhibited in Dublin; and he contributed three works to the Royal Academy, an "Infant Orpheus," a large "Bust of Henry Grattan," and a "Bust of Charles Phillips, barrister." He continued to exhibit in the British Institution until 1834, contributing figure subjects and studies in sculpture, but no portrait busts. He was a regular exhibitor in the Royal Academy until 1860, chiefly of portrait busts, seldom missing a year. He remained in Tottenham Court Road until 1829, when he moved to 23 Howland Street, which was his residence until his death. Although making London his home he frequently visited and stayed in Dublin, and his works regularly appeared in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1829 to 1861. He was elected an Associate on the 26th May, 1846, and a Member the same day. In October, 1853, he resigned his membership and was made an Honorary Member in the following year.

Moore's work largely consisted of portrait busts, in which he was very successful. They are well modelled and expressive likenesses; but his powers were unequal to larger or more important works, and in his statues and figure subjects he was not successful; his grotesque effigy of Thomas Moore, in College Street, is an unfortunate memorial to the poet. Moore also did a few portraits in wax. He died in Dorset Street, Dublin, on the 17th March, 1863, and was buried in Glasnevin. His portrait, an unfinished sketch in oils, by John Doyle, is in the National Gallery of Ireland.

Among Moore's works are the following. All are busts except where otherwise described:

Emily, daughter of James Henry Blake, Q.C. R.A., 1843.

General Sir Edward Blakeney, K.C.B., R.A., 1844; R.H.A., 1844 and 1848.

Sir Maziere Brady. [Late Sir Francis Brady, Bart.] R.A., 1846; R.H.A,, 1848.

Judge Burton.

G. W. F., Earl of Carlisle. Done in 1839. [National Gallery of Ireland.]

Richard Carmichael, surgeon. R.A., 1847. Belonged to Mrs. Carmichael. A copy is in the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin.

Anne, Countess of Charlemont. Executed for Queen Victoria. R.A., 1842; R.H.A., 1845.

George W. F., 4th Earl of Clarendon, K.G., Lord Lieutenant. R.A., 1849.

Katherine, Countess of Clarendon. R.A., 1849; R.H.A., 1851.

Sir Philip Crampton. R.A., 1844; R.H.A., 1844, 1850, 1858.

John Philpot Curran. Monument, with bust. [St. Patrick's Cathedral.] Erected in 1842 by public subscription.

Francis Danby, A.R.A. [National Gallery of Ireland.] R.A., 1827; R.H.A., 1845.

General Sir John Doyle. R.A., 1822.

General Sir John Doyle. Wax portrait. R.A., 1824.

John Doyle, artist. [Plaster, in National Gallery of Ireland.] R.A., 1850; R.H.A., 1850.

Josiah Dunne, President of Solicitor's Society. R.A., 1846; R.H.A., 1846.

John Finlay, Seneschal of Kilmainham and assistant barrister Co. Roscommon. R.A, 1849; R.H.A., 1850.

Henry Grattan. R.A., 1821.

Sir Richard Griffith. R.A., 1860.

Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness. R.A., 1852: R.H.A., 1858.

Jonathan Henn, Q.C. R.A., 1846; R.H.A., 1847 and 1858.

William Henn, Master in Chancery. R.A., 1852; R.H.A., 1852 and 1858.

Robert Holmes, Father of the Irish Bar. R.A., 1848; R.H.A., 1849.

William Elliott Hudson. [Royal Irish Academy.] R.A., 1844.

Colonel Larcom, C.B. R.H.A., 1858.

Thomas Lefroy, Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench. R.A., 1860.

Augustus Frederick, 3rd Duke of Leinster. [Duke of Leinster, Carton.] R.A., 1843; R.H.A., 1844.

Rev. Humphrey Lloyd. R.A., 1849; R.H.A., 1850 and 1861. James McCullagh. [Trinity College, Dublin.] R.A., 1849.

Dr. James McDonnell. [Municipal Gallery, Belfast.] R.A., 1842.

Sir Henry Marsh. [Royal College of Physicians, Dublin.] R.A., 1843.

Rev. Theobald Mathew. R.A., 1842; R.H.A., 1843.

Thomas Moore, poet. [National Gallery of Ireland.] Executed for Francis William, 2nd Earl of Charlemont, in 1842, and presented to the Gallery by James, 3rd Earl, in 1873. R.H.A., 1843.

Thomas Moore. R.A., 1834; R.H.A., 1859.

Thomas Moore. Statue, in metal. [Westmorland Street, Dublin.] Erected in 1857.

William Mulready, R.A. [Royal Hibernian Academy.] Presented to the Academy in 1866 by Miss Moore. R.A., 1831; R.H.A., 1852.

Daniel Murray, Archbp. of Dublin. R.H.A., 1841.

Daniel Murray, Archbp. of Dublin. R.A., 1853; R.H.A., 1858.

Daniel O'Connell. Medallic portrait modelled from memory in 1825. R.A., 1830.

Daniel O'Connell. R.A., 1837.

Sir Michael O'Loghlen. Statue. [Solicitors' Room, Four Courts.] R.A., 1850; R.H.A., 1852.

Lord Palmerston. R.H.A., 1853.

George Papworth, architect. Wax portrait in relief. [National Museum, Kildare Street.]

Louis Perrin, Justice of the Queen's Bench. R.A., 1843; R.H.A., 1844 and 1858.

Charles Phillips, Barrister. R.A., 1821.

Thomas Phillips. R.A., 1838.

William C., 1st Lord Plunket. [Plaster, National Gallery of Ireland.] R.A., 1842. R.H.A., 1858.

Richard Lalor Sheil. R.A., 1848.

Richard Lalor Sheil. [National Gallery of Ireland.] Done in 1847 for Henry Labouchere, afterwards Lord Taunton. Presented to the Gallery by Lord Taunton in 1864. Engraved by F. Roffe as frontispiece to W. Torrens McCullagh's "Memoirs of Sheil," 1856.

Thomas, 3rd Viscount Southwell. R.A., 1840; R.H.A., 1849.

Lord Talbot de Malahide. R.H.A., 1846.

Cardinal Wiseman. R.A., 1851.

A Sleeping Child. Statue. R.A., 1839; R.H.A., 1846.

Infant Orpheus. Statue. R.A., 1821.

Sketch Model for a Bas-relief to illustrate King George the Fourth's letter to the Irish people; Erin pursued by the Furies finds protection at the foot of the Throne. R.A., 1823.

Sketch, made in 1821, for a public testimonial to commemorate the visit of George IV to Ireland. R.A., 1824.

Head of a Child. Small relief in wax. [National Museum, Kildare Street.]

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