James Heath Millington, Miniature Painter

(b. 1799, d. 1872)

Miniature Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Born in 1799 in Cork, but appears to have spent his early years in England. He came to Ireland in 1821 and took rooms at 22 Patrick Street, Cork, for the purpose of following his profession as a miniature painter. He was apparently not successful, for in the same year he was at No. 1 3 North Earl Street, Dublin, and exhibited a portrait in oil at the Society of Artists in the Royal Arcade. In 1826 he became a student in the Royal Academy and gained most of the prizes there. He exhibited at the Academy for many years down to 1870, and was for a short time Curator of the School of Painting. He exhibited also at the British Institution and at the Society of British Artists. Several of his miniatures were lent by him to the Exhibition at South Kensington in 1865; one, a "Portrait of a Lady," was dated 1818. He died of heart disease at 5 Chepstow Place, Bayswater, on 11th August, 1872, aged 73.

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