c1690-1765 Ireland Amateur Portraitist and Architect
Brief Biography-Francis Bindon was a portraitist and architect from County Clare, Ireland. He was born into a wealthy family; his father was MP for Ennis. He travelled to Italy where he attended the University of Padua. At one stage, he studied art under Godfrey Kneller in London.
He settled in Dublin where he enjoyed a successful career painting portraits for numerous notable people. One of his most famous patrons, and friend, was Dean Swift whom he painted several times.
Bindon also indulged himself in architecture. He worked on the building of several country houses throughout the country, Russborough House in County Wicklow being the most noted.
In 1758 he ended his painting career due to failing eyesight. Abbey Street in Dublin was his home whilst he also tended to his country estate in County Clare. On the death of his brother he became MP for Ennis for a short time before his sudden death whilst journeying in his carriage at the age of 75.
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Dean J Swift
Swift c 1735