Robert Fagan

1761-1816 London-Irish/Italy, Rococo

 

Brief Biography-Robert Fagan of London, was a portraitist of Irish descent who studied at the Royal Academy from 1781. Although he was born in London, as his parents were Irish he considered himself as Irish.
Besides portraiture, he was also an archaeologist and art dealer. In 1783, after a brief stay in Paris, he emigrated to Italy where he remained for the entirety of his life. He married in Italy, and when his wife died he married for a second time to another Italian woman.
He became involved in several important excavations in Italy, and dealt in various antiquities, along with old masters’ paintings. He was known to have smuggled two Lorraine paintings out of Italy to England. Throughout his life, he painted numerous portraits for wealthy clients. As he was a man of many talents he entered the world of diplomacy, and was made Consul-General for Sicily and Malta in 1809.
In 1815 he made a trip to London to work on murals, however it was not a successful mission and he returned to Italy. Not long afterwards he experienced financial difficulties through property dealings, and much of his art collection had been confiscated by the French in Rome. He was also suffering from bad health by this time, he sadly committed suicide by jumping from a high window.

 

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emma hamilton as
neapolitan peasant

emma hamilton as neapolitan peasant

sarah elizabeth and
the hon amherst

sarah elizabeth and the honourable amherst

marianne lady acton
with her children

marianne lady acton with her children richard charles and elizabeth

miss emily
manley

miss emily manley

self portrait with
wife maria flagini

self portrait with wife maria ludovica flagini

the artist's first wife
anna maria ferri

the artist's first wife anna maria ferri