Robert Richard Scanlan, Animal and Genre Painter

(fl. 1826-1864)

Animal and Genre Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

In 1826 and 1827 he was living at No. 7 Burgh Quay, Dublin, and exhibited portraits at the Royal Hibernian Academy. He afterwards went to London, where he remained until 1853, when he was appointed master in the Cork School of Design. In 1854, on the temporary closing of the school, he returned to London. He was an exhibitor in the Royal Academy from 1837 to 1859, and elsewhere in London from 1832 to 1876; and he contributed to the Royal Hibernian Academy between 1826 and 1864. He painted animals and domestic subjects both in oil and water-colour. A picture of "Donnybrook Fair" was exhibited at the Belfast Fine Art Society in 1859. Coloured prints of military costumes, after his drawings, were published by Lloyd Brothers in 1849; a pair of aquatints by J. Harris, "Horse Dealing," were published in 1841, and a pair of car-driving subjects, "Drogheda to Dundalk" and "Donnybrook to Dublin," were lithographed by W. M. Morrison and published by Stark Brothers, Sackville Street. Several portraits by him of the Smith-Barry family were at the Mechanics' Institute in Cork in 1828. Portraits of "Sir Robert Peel" and "The Duke of Wellington" were engraved by H. Cook, and a portrait of "Captain Surman," adjutant of the Gloucestershire Yeomanry, formerly of the 10th Hussars, was lithographed in colours by Day and Son. A series of twenty-five humorous lithographs by him: "Barney Bryan's Sketch Book," was printed in Exeter by J. Hackett.

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