Terence Farrell, Sculptor

(b. 1798, d. 1876)


From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Terence Farrell, R.H.A. Photograph

Was born in 1798 at Creve, County Longford, where his grandfather owned stone-quarries. In 1810 he was brought by his mother to Dublin, where his elder brother was employed as a stone-cutter, and placed in the Modelling School of the Dublin Society in Hawkins Street. Here he had the advantage of the instruction of Edward Smyth, and afterwards of John Smyth. On his leaving the school he entered the studio of Thomas Kirk (q.v.) in Jervis Street, and remained there nearly seven years as a pupil, and then for some time as an assistant. His first contributions to the Royal Hibernian Academy, in 1826, were sent from his master's studio in Jervis Street. In 1819, at the age of 21, he married a Miss Ruxton. About 1828 he set up for himself, at first in Golden Lane, then in Peter Street, and Mecklenburgh Street, and, after some years in Lower Gloucester Street, he finally settled, in 1861, at 11 Warrington Place.

Besides a few monuments and statues for churches his work consisted chiefly of portrait busts, many of them "miniature busts" in which he excelled, and many persons of note sat to him; but his work never reached any distinction. He was a regular exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1826, and was elected an Associate in July, 1851, and a Member in May, 1859. He was patronized by Earl de Grey, Lord Lieutenant, for whom he executed several works now at Wrest Park. He died, after a few hours' illness, in his house No. 11 Warrington Place, on 19th March, 1876, aged 78, and was buried in the vaults of St. Andrew's Church, Westland Row. His wife died in 1839, and was buried in Golden Bridge Cemetery. He had six sons, all of whom followed their father's profession: 1st, James; 2nd, Joseph; 3rd, Thomas; 4th, John; 5th, Michael; and 6th, William. Of them, William Farrell is still living; the others are separately noticed: Terence Farrell's principal works are:

Henry, Marquess of Anglesea, Lord Lieutenant. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1832.

John William, 4th Earl of Bessborough, Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1853.

Sir Lowry Cole. Statue in Portland stone, 10 feet high. [On a column, Enniskillen.]

Rev. Henry R. Dawson, Dean of St. Patrick's. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1841.

Thomas Philip, Earl De Grey, Lord Lieutenant. Bust. [Royal Dublin Society.]

Thomas Philip, Earl De Grey. Bust, replica of foregoing. [Wrest Park, Bedfordshire.]

Thomas Philip, Earl De Grey. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1853.

Henrietta, Countess De Grey. Monument to her memory. [Flitton Church, Bedfordshire.] Model in Dublin Ex., 1853.

John, 3rd Earl of Donoughmore, K.P. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1841.

William, 3rd Earl of Enniskillen. Statue. [Enniskillen Church.]

William, 3rd Earl of Enniskillen. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1853.

George IV. Bust. R.H.A., 1826; miniature Bust, 1829.

James Hans Hamilton of Abbotstown, M.P. Miniature Busts. R.H.A., 1853 and 1864.

Bartholomew Lloyd, Provost of T.C.D. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1836.

Charles, 3rd Viscount Monck. Busts. R.H.A., 1851 and 1861.

William Morrison, architect. Bust. R.H.A., 1861.

Caesar Otway. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1842.

Edward, 3rd Earl of St. Germans, Lord Lieutenant. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1853.

Lt.-Col. Tomlinson. Monument erected by the officers of the 18th Royal Irish Regiment. [St. Patrick's Cathedral.] Model in Dublin Ex., 1853.

Theobald Wolfe Tone. Bust; done for Mr. Maxwell of New York. Dublin Ex., 1853.

Lady Agnes Villiers. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1853.

Lady Elizabeth Villiers. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1853.

Sir Hussey Vivian, Commander of the Forces. Monument. [Truro Church, Cornwall.]

Sir Hussey Vivian. Bust.

Rev. Charles Wolfe. Monumental Medallion. R.H.A., 1853.

Duke of York. Miniature Bust. R.H.A., 1829.

Early Affliction. Marble Statue. R.H.A., 1848.

The Seasons; four figures of Boys. Executed in marble for Earl De Grey. [On the Terrace, Wrest Park.]

Bas-relief Memorial, in Portland stone, to the Tree planted by Lady St. Germans, which died the same year as she did. Erected by her brother Lord Carlisle. [Grounds of Vice-Regal Lodge.]

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