John Minton Connell, Miniature Painter

(fl. 1830-1882)

Miniature Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

He was a native of Cork and followed his profession there for many years. In 1832 he was living at 5 Fitton Street, where he painted miniatures at from one to twenty guineas. He exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy and also in the Cork Exhibition of 1852. A portrait of O'Connell by him was engraved by Le Blond and published by J. C. Brien in Cork in 1847. In 1879 he settled in Dublin, and was appointed miniature painter to the Duke of Marlborough, Lord Lieutenant. He exhibited a miniature of the Empress of Austria in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1880, and one of Dr. P. Crampton Smyly in 1881. He died in Dublin in or soon after 1882, the last of the Irish miniature painters. His nephew, John Connell, showed some promise as a landscape painter, but died young.

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