James Cahill, Sculptor

(d. 1890)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in Delvin, Westmeath. On the death of his father, a builder, his mother moved to Dublin, and he became a pupil in the Royal Dublin Society's school, where he won prizes in 1851 and 1852. He sent a group, part of a marble monument executed for the Presentation Convent in Wexford, to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1852, and then went to Rome where he remained for a few months. On his return to Dublin in 1853 he entered Hogan's studio, where he worked as a pupil and assistant until 1858. He executed a number of works for churches and also portrait busts and statues. His most important production was the statue of Daniel O'Connell, erected in Ennis in 1865. His works appeared in the Royal Hibernian Academy at intervals between 1856 and 1886. He died in Dublin on 28th October, 1890, aged about 60, and was buried in Glasnevin Cemetery.

Revd. W. F. Anderdon. Bust. R.H.A., 1864 and 1866.

Isaac Butt. Bust. R.H.A., 1877.

Dr. Cantwell, Bishop of Meath. Bust.

Revd. James Fay, founder of the Orphanage in St. Catherine's Parish, Dublin. Statue. [Glasnevin Cemetery.] R.H.A., 1864.

Dr. Griffin, Bishop of Limerick. Bust. R.H.A., 1872.

Dr. Thomas Hayden. Bust. [Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street.]

Father Kavanagh. Mural Monument. [St. Michael's Church, Kingstown.]

John P. Kemble. Profile head. R.H.A., 1862.

J. North, Secretary of Royal Bank. Posthumous bust. R.H.A., 1874.

Daniel O'Connell. Statue; cut from a block weighing 11 ½ tons, from the quarry at Brackenagh, County Galway. Erected in Ennis, in 1865, on a pillar 74 feet high. Sketch model in R.H.A., 1864.

Daniel O'Connell. Statue. R.H.A., 1878. Executed for America.

Eugene O'Curry. Plaster bust. [Rt. Hon. M. F. Cox, M.D., Merrion Square.]

John O'Donovan. Plaster bust. [Patrick Cahill, 13 Wellington Quay, Dublin.]

Dr. Spratt. Bust. R.H.A.., 1866.

Sir William Wilde. Bust. R.H.A., 1864.

Monument. [Presentation Convent, Wexford.] Portion, a nun instructing an orphan, in R.H.A.., 1852, and Dublin Ex., 1853.

Stone Cross with figures. [Phibsborough Church]. The figure of the Virgin in R.H.A., 1856.

Virgin and Child. Dublin Ex., 1853.

The Immaculate Conception. Statue. R.H.A., 1875.

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