Edward Hayes, Portrait Painter in Water-colour and Miniature

(b. 1797, d. 1864)

Portrait Painter in Water-colour and Miniature

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Edward Hayes. Water-colour drawing, by E. S. Alpenny; in National Gallery of Ireland.

Born in 1797 in the county of Tipperary. He studied drawing under J. S. Alpenny (q.v.) and at the Dublin Society's School. Early in life he practised as a miniature painter in Clonmel, Waterford and Kilkenny, and taught drawing at various educational establishments. While residing in Waterford he made his first contribution to the Royal Hibernian Academy, sending in 1830 a drawing of fruit, two landscapes in oil and a portrait of himself "in the costume of one of the Dutch painters." The following year he came to Dublin and started as a miniature painter at 37 College Green, introducing himself to the Dublin public in a notice in "Saunders' Newsletter" of September 12th, 1831: "Edward Hayes, Miniature Painter, late Professor of Drawing at the Abbeyleix Institute, the College of Kilkenny and Ursuline Convent, Waterford; specimens of his work may be seen at his apartments, No. 37 College Green." Next year he removed to 34 Westmoreland Street, where he lived for many years. From this time until 1863 he was a constant exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy, his work consisting of miniatures and of small portraits in pencil and water-colour, in which he was very successful; and, occasionally, landscapes. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Hibernian Academy in March, 1856, and a Member in February, 1861. He died at his residence, No. 4 Salem Place, on 21st May, 1864, and was buried at Glasnevin. By his wife Mary, a native of Waterford, whom he married in 1819, he was father of Michael Angelo Hayes (q.v.). His portrait as a boy, a water-colour drawing done in 1812 by J. S. Alpenny, in which he is shown seated in a landscape, sketching on a sheet of paper resting on the top of his hat, is in the National Gallery of Ireland. Amongst portraits by him are:

Edward Hayes. Drawing, by Himself.

Michael Banim, father of John and Michael Banim, the novelists. Pencil drawing, tinted; signed and dated 1836. [National Gallery of Ireland.]

Charles Bianconi. Miniature. R.H.A., 1834.

Earl De Grey, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Drawing. R.H.A., 1842.

Sir Hugh Gough. Miniature. R.H.A., 1834.

Robert Holmes, Barrister. Drawing in black and white chalk; done in 1844. [National Gallery of Ireland.]

Robert Holmes, Barrister. Drawing. Engraved by Samuel Bellin private plate.

William, 4th Earl of Howth, as a young man, in uniform of the 7th Hussars. Water-colour sketch. [Howth Castle.]

Frances, Reginald and James Talbot, children of the 4th Lord Talbot de Malahide. Water-colour. [Malahide Castle.]

Susan, Richard and Miles Talbot, children of the 4th Lord Talbot de Malahide. Water-colour. [Malahide Castle.]

The Trial of Warren Hastings. Drawing. Engraved by Robert Pollard and F. Jukes.

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