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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Maclise, Daniel

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Biography: Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) was a draughtsman, lithographer, etcher, illustrator and history and portrait painter. First trained in Cork, he then attended the Royal Academy (RA) schools in London. By 1830 he had set up as a book illustrator and continued to alternate painting with illustration until the 1860s. He illustrated editions of works by Charles Dickens (1812-1870) and Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), among others. He was a major contributor to the decorative scheme of large historical frescoes in the Houses of Parliament in the 1840s-60s. In 1866 he declined election as president of the RA. In the 1830s, Maclise contributed character sketches of contemporaries for 'Fraser's Magazine' under the pseudonym Alfred Croquis. The magazine was edited by fellow Cork-man William Maginn (1793 -1842). The sketches were later published as 'The Maclise Portrait Gallery' (1871). The series were published again in 1874 and 1883.

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