Study of an Irish Head
Oil on canvas; signed and dated 1866
13.75 x 11.75 inches
British Institution, 1866, no. 41
An attractive early picture by this artist, who was eventually blighted by his failing eyesight, so his later work falls away in quality. The Globe described this picture of a ‘bright-eyed wild Irish girl, from the life, under broad daylight’ when it was exhibited in the British Institution in 1866. Her doll-like features and enlarged eyes were a ‘type’ of natural beauty.