Ernest E. Taylor, Portrait and Figure Painter

(b. 1863, d. 1907)

Portrait and Figure Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born at Bournemouth, Hants, but came to Ireland, while still young, with his father, a Customs Surveyor. He became an artist and practised in Belfast, where his works were much esteemed. He resided at Glenburn, Knock, near Belfast, and had a studio in Garfield Chambers. He exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1890 to 1903, mostly small pictures of figure subjects. In 1898 he exhibited a "Portrait of Himself," and in 1902 one of "Michael J. F. McCarthy, author of 'Five years in Ireland.'" His father, who had removed to Greenock, died suddenly in a cab on 21st January, 1907, and Ernest went over to arrange about the interment at Bournemouth. He contracted a chill which developed into pneumonia, and he died in his mother's house, 50 Esplanade, Greenock, on 31st January, 1907, aged 44. For some time before his death he had been engaged upon a picture of "The Proclamation of King Edward VII in Belfast," commissioned by Sir Daniel Dixon, Bart., ex-Lord Mayor, for the new City Hall. It was exhibited, unfinished, at the opening of the Hall.

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