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Sarah Cecilia Harrison

1863-1941 Ireland/Portraitist

 

Brief Biography-Sarah Cecilia Harrison was from County Down. On her father's death when she was ten years old, the family moved to London. Sarah studied at the Slade School of Art for seven years until 1885. Then, in 1889, she moved to Dublin, where she became an established portraitist. After a short spell painting in Brittany, France, she returned to Dublin and exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy on an annual basis.
She was actively involved in politics and was elected the first-ever female city councillor in Dublin. One of her issues was to help Hugh Lane, the patron of the arts, to establish a gallery of modern art in Dublin that opened in 1908. The present-day Hugh Lane Gallery opened in 1933. Cecilia was engaged to Hugh Lane, and they were to get married on his return from America; however, he died tragically on the Lusitania in 1915.

 

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hugh lane

hugh lane


mr and mrs haslam

mr and mrs haslam


self portrait

self portrait

study of a young
french woman

study of a young french woman