J. Sheridan, Portrait Painter

(d. 1790)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was a native of the county of Kilkenny, and studied in the Dublin Society's Schools. Before he had acquired a sufficient proficiency in his art he went to London and sought practice as a portrait painter. He worked hard, but although possessed of undoubted talents as an artist he was not successful, and had a hard struggle even to support himself. He exhibited four portraits at the Royal Academy in 1786, 1788 and 1789, amongst them a portrait of himself and one of J. Kemble, jun., in 1786, and a portrait of a lady, which can be distinguished in Martini's engraving of Ramberg's drawing of the Academy in 1788. He also exhibited two portraits at the Society of Artists in 1790. Worn out by privations and his unsuccessful efforts, he died in London an utterly broken man in 1790.

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