Richard Alfred Milliken, Amateur

(b. 1767, d. 1815)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in 1767 at Castle Martyr, Co. Cork. He was placed in the office of a country attorney, and on the expiration of his apprenticeship he commenced business for himself in Cork. During the Rebellion he was an active member of the corps of Royal Cork Volunteers. Obtaining but little business in his profession he had leisure to indulge in his taste for literature and painting. He contributed political pieces to the "Monthly Miscellany," a Cork magazine, and in 1797 started, jointly with his sister, "The Casket or Hesperian Magazine," which appeared monthly to February, 1798. As a boy he had been fond of drawing and had thoughts of becoming an artist, and he now obtained some local reputation by his pictures and drawings, a number of which he exhibited in 1815. He was the founder of the Society for the Promotion of the Fine Arts in Cork. He died, after a short illness, on 16th December, 1815, and was buried in Douglas churchyard, near Cork. An exhibition of twenty-two of his pictures was held in Cork in 1816. A little volume, "Poetical Fragments of the late R. A. Milliken, with an authentic Memoir of his Life," by his sister Anne, was printed by subscription in Cork in 1823. A portrait of him forms the frontispiece.

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