Thomas Herbert Maguire, Painter and Lithographer

(b. 1821, d. 1895)

Painter and Lithographer

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in London in 1821, the son of Henry Calton Maguire (q.v.). He studied in the schools of the Royal Academy, and in 1846 began to exhibit portraits and figure subjects. In 1860 he painted a picture with life-sized figures of "Cromwell refusing the Crown," which was engraved, and in 1878 another large picture, with twenty-six life-sized figures of "The First Parliament," which had occupied him for several laborious years. His picture of "John Crawford, sailor, who nailed the flag to the masthead of the Venerable during the battle of Camperdown," was engraved in mezzotint by G. Shury. He was, however, better known by his lithographed portraits than by his works in oil. Of these he did a great number drawn direct from life upon the stone. His series of portraits of men of science, known as "The Ipswich Museum Portraits," were printed by M. and N. Hanhart and published in Ipswich in 1851 by George Ransome, Honorary Secretary of the Ipswich Museum.

In 1854 he was appointed lithographer to the Queen, and for a time had a studio in Osborne House where he executed many lithographic portraits of members of the Royal Family. He was an exhibitor in the Royal Academy from 1846 to 1887, and in the British Institution from 1848 to 1867. In and after 1883 he exhibited "portraits in vitrified enamel." He made a few contributions to the Royal Hibernian Academy. He died in April, 1895.

He was father of Adelaide A. and Helena J. Maguire, who are separately noticed, and of Bertha Maguire, a flower painter, still living. Many of her flower studies done in Trinidad, Egypt, Chile, New Zealand, etc., have been reproduced and published.

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