Major General George Thomas Colomb, Amateur

(b. 1787, d. 1874)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in 1787, the son of Philip Colomb. He joined the 96th regiment as Ensign in December, 1808, and served on the staff in America in 1814 and 1815. He was placed on half-pay in 1817; became Major in 1827, and Lieut.-Colonel in 1841. In the latter year he was living in Dublin, and exhibited six landscapes and marine subjects at the Royal Hibernian Academy. Thenceforth he was an exhibitor, almost every year, down to 1868 and was made an Honorary Member of the Academy in 1854. On the 24th March, 1843, he was appointed Commandant of the Hibernian Military School, Phoenix Park, a post he held until 31st December, 1858, when, on being promoted Major General he vacated the appointment.

He subsequently resided at Dalkey, and died there on the 20th March, 1874, in his 87th year. A collection of forty of his works, views of English, Irish and Swiss scenery, was sold at Littledale's, Dublin, in February, 1845. General Colomb married in 1820, Mary, third daughter of Sir Abraham Bradley King, Bart., and by her, who died 25th February, 1866, had four sons and three daughters. The eldest son, George Halton Colomb, was a colonel in the Royal Artillery, and when quartered in Cork, as a captain, in 1859, sent four landscapes to the Royal Hibernian Academy. The second son, Wellington Colomb, is separately noticed. The third son was Vice-Admiral Philip Howard Colomb, and the fourth was Sir John Charles Ready Colomb, K.C.M.G., M.P.

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