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18th Century Irish Portrait Of James Fitzgerald (1742-1835) Attributed To John Comerford (1733-1832)


£7,250 | $10,104 USD | €8,449 EUR
Item Number: SA787100
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Period Portraits
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A fine, rare and richly coloured 18th century Irish portrait of James Fitzgerald (1742 - 1835) attributed to John Comerford (1733-1832)
The artist has conjured an arresting image with loose and confident brushwork within the parameter of his oval canvas. The elegant sitter has powdered hair, a deep blue coat and frilled cravat at his neck.
James Fitzgerald (1742-1835)
Fitzgerald was born in 1742, and educated at Trinity College in Dublin. He was called to the Irish bar in 1769 and he quickly became established winning a an enviable reputation both as a sound lawyer and an eloquent pleader.
In 1776 he entered the Irish House of Commons as member for Fore, he held this sit until1783. In the years following he was elected both for Killybegs and Tulsk and then Kildare Borough in the last Irish Parliament.
Although Fitzgerald was one of the leading orators of the period he never sought political office, he did however accept several professional appointments, and he became in rapid succession Third Sergeant of Ireland in 1779, Second Serjeant in 1784, and Prime Serjeant in 1787.
When the Union Acts were carried, Fitzgerald accepted it, and he sat in Parliament for Ennis from 1802 to February 1808, when he resigned the seat to his son, William Vesey Fitzgerald. He, however, was re-elected in 1812, but again resigned in January 1813, when he finally retired from politics.
James Fitzgerald died at Booterstown near Dublin, on 20 January 1835, aged 93; the baroness had predeceased him on 3 January 1832. His youngest son, Henry Vesey-Fitzgerald was Dean of Emly (181826), and dean of Kilmore from 1826 till his death, on 30 March 1860. He succeeded his eldest brother as third Lord Fitzgerald and Vesey in 1843.
John Comerford (1773 - 1832) Comerford was born at Kilkenny and he started his career by copying the pictures in the collection of the Marquis of Ormonde, after which he went to Dublin, and entered as a student in the art schools of the Dublin Society.
He is best known as a miniature painter in that city where his practise was large and lucrative. He excelled at male portraits which were well expressed, carefully finished and quiet in colour. Throughout the 1790s he also worked in oils and in 1799 he met the miniaturist George Chinnery and it was at some point after this meeting that he gave up working in oils.
Many of his works were exhibited at the Special Exhibition of Portrait Miniatures in 1865, including portraits of Lady Sarah Lennox, Mr Burgoyne and, and Mr. William Fletcher. Comerford also exhibited in London at the Royal Academy in London in both 1804 and 1809. He died in Dublin of apoplexy in 1832 or 1833, aged between sixty and seventy years. His work lives on in museum collections worldwide.
This fine work is extensively inscribed verso and is presented in an excellent state of conservation, and is ready to hang and enjoy in a highly decorative antique gilded oval Lely style frame.
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Canvas: 24 x 19 / 62cm x 49cm.
Frame: 27"x 32" / 98cm x 82cm.
Price: 7250
Internal Ref: PP000159


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 98 cm (38.6")
Width = 82 cm (32.3")
Depth = 5 cm (2.0")

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