Peter Surville, Portrait Painter

(fl. c. 1684-1689)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

He belonged to the French Protestant family of Surdeville, or Survill, settled in Dublin, and was one of the earliest portrait painters in Dublin of whom there is record. He lived in Chequer Lane, and in August, 1684, was admitted to the freedom of the Corporation of Painter-Stayners and Cutlers, the Guild of St. Luke, on which occasion he presented a half-length portrait of King Charles II, painted by himself, to the Guild. In 1689 he painted a portrait or King James II for the city. For this picture and its frame he received twenty-four pounds. It was hung in the Tholsel. Randle Holme, in his "Academy of Armoury," 1688, mentions, among painters of whom little was known, "Serville for drapery."

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