William Gillard, Portrait Painter

(fl. 1831-1876)

Portrait Painter

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

Was born in England about 1812; he followed his profession as a painter in Chester, Liverpool and elsewhere, and was for some years in Dublin, where he obtained some success as a portrait painter. His name first occurs as an exhibitor in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1831, and he again exhibited between 1841 and 1848, and from 1860 to 1876. During part of this period he was in Dublin as well as in Liverpool and London. His name does not occur after 1876. He painted landscapes, many of them of Welsh scenery, and game-pieces and portraits. A portrait of "Dr. Robert Perceval" by him is in the Royal College of Physicians, Kildare Street, and portraits of "James Drought, master of the King's County and Ormonde hounds," of "Mrs. Drought," "Dr. John J. Bird" and "Miss M. J. Bird," belong to Judge Bird, Churchtown House, Dundrum.

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