John Joseph Slattery, Portrait Painter

(fl. 1850-1858)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

A portrait painter of some merit, about whom, however, little is known. He entered the Dublin Society's School in 1846, and afterwards established himself as a portrait painter in Dublin, and apparently had for some time a good practice, painting several persons of distinction. He first appeared as an exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1852, when he contributed a portrait of "Dr. Barker."

In 1856 he sent a portrait of the Lord Chancellor, "Maziere Brady," and in 1858 four portraits, including one of "Judge Keogh," and one of "Mrs. Keogh and Family." After this date nothing more is known of him; he appears to have left Ireland and is said to have gone to America. A portrait of "the Hon. Mrs. Somerset Ward" was lent to the Dublin Exhibition in 1873 by Lord George Hill, and at Carton is a copy by him after Romney, of "Lord Edward Fitzgerald." In the National Gallery of Ireland is a good portrait by him of "William Carleton," the novelist; and a portrait of "George Petrie," which belonged to Dr. J. R. Joly, is in the Royal Irish Academy.

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