James Brocas, Portrait Painter

(b. 1754, d. 1780)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in 1754, the fourth son of Robert Brocas, and brother of Henry Brocas, senr. (q.v.). At the Dublin Society's School he obtained prizes in 1772 and 1773. He afterwards lived at 64 Dame Street and practised as a portrait and miniature painter. In an advertisement issued by him in 1778, he says: "Mr. Brocas takes leave to inform the nobility and gentry and the public that he has returned to the city, and that he intends to continue his profession of painting likenesses in the most natural and striking manner in oils, crayons and miniatures. He will also take off likenesses in profile at an English half-crown each, and whole lengths (which mode was never attempted before) at a crown each." ("Freeman's Journal," February 28th-March 3rd, 1778). His absence from Dublin, here referred to, was probably occasioned by his marriage, which took place in 1777. He died in September, 1780, aged 25 years, and was buried on the 4th of that month in St. Andrew's Churchyard.

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