Sarah Cecilia Harrison

1863-1941 Ireland-Portraitist

 

Brief Biography-Sarah Cecilia Harrison was from County Down. On the death of her father when she was ten years old the family moved to London. She studied at the Slade School of Art for a seven year period to 1885. 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 had a strong involvement 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 which was opened in 1908. The present day Hugh Lane Gallery was opened in 1933. Cecilia had been engaged to Hugh Lane and they were to be 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