I. Ryan, Painter

(fl. c. 1796)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

At Bellevue House, Lisreaghan, Co. Galway, formerly the seat of the Lawrence family, is a large picture 8 by 12 feet, painted on the end wall of the hall, inscribed: "General de Burgh inspecting the Bellevue or Lawrencetown Volunteers at Birr, 20th September, 1784." Below are the names of the principal personages represented, viz.: "General de Burgh, Adjutant Lennon, Mrs. Naughton, Dolly Minogue, 13th Earl of Clanricarde, Miss Olivia Nugent of Pallas, Colonel Walter Lawrence, Mary Egan, P. Banan, Major Peter Lawrence, and Mrs. Lawrence, née Darcy." The picture bears the signature, I. Ryan inv. et Pinx. 1796. It is a very poorly executed performance, and will probably, in a short time, perish from damp, as the house is now uninhabited. Nothing is known of the painter, and his art, such as it is, was probably merely local.

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