John Smith Cranfield, Carver

(d. 1802)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Son of Richard Cranfield (q.v.). He received his baptismal names from the architect John Smith, a friend of his father. In 1769, at the age of 11, he exhibited at the Society of Artists in William Street, a "Model of a Foot, his first attempt," and in 1772 the Dublin Society awarded him a premium of six pounds sixteen and sixpence for a carving in wood; and in 1773 nine pounds two shillings for a bas-relief in marble, "Charity," which he exhibited that year at the Society of Artists. He continued to exhibit, chiefly carvings in wood, down to 1780. He made the carved frame for the portrait of the Marquess of Buckingham, painted in 1789 by Solomon Williams, now in the Mansion House, Dublin. For some time he worked at his profession at 109 Capel Street; but not prospering he took some lime-kilns near Ballybough Bridge, and about 1782 moved his residence to the North Strand. He died from the effects of a wetting while attending to his kiln, in April, 1802, predeceasing his father. His wife, Elizabeth Darley, survived him, and died in 1836.

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