Thomas Hickey

1741-1824 Ireland/Romanticism/Portraitist

 

Brief Biography-Thomas Hickey, a celebrated portraitist, was born in Dublin in 1741. He trained at the Dublin Society Schools and later became influenced by Thomas Gainsborough. Hickey visited Italy for six years, and after spending three years in Dublin without much progress, ventured to London. His paintings achieved a reasonable amount of success; however, he moved to Bath to fill the void left by Gainsborough's departure, to no avail. In 1780, Hickey sailed for India, and a Spanish fleet waylaid him, diverting him to Lisbon, where Hickey painted several unique portraits of nobility. In 1784, he made it to Calcutta and painted his most well-known works, consisting mainly of army officers and Indian servants. There, his History of Ancient Painting and Sculpture got published. In 1792, he went to China on an expedition with Lord Macartney as a painter. He visited Dublin in 1796 for two years and returned to India in 1798. Apart from two journeys to Calcutta, he lived in Madras, now Chennai, for his life. Reports had it that he painted to absolute perfection up to his dying day in 1824.

 

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William
Kirkpatrick

Lieutenant-Colonel Later Major General William Kirkpatrick with his Assistants

Michael
Cormak

Michael Cormak

Portrait of a
Gentleman

Portrait of a Gentleman

Portrait of
Two Children

Portrait of Two Children

Reverand Samuel
Madden

Reverand Samuel Madden

Sir Armine
Wodehouse

Sir Armine Wodehouse

Thomas
Leland

Thomas Leland

William
Hickey

William Hickey with a Bust of Edmund Burke


An Actor Between-

An Actor Between the Muses of Tragedy and Comedy


Captain Rainier

Captain Peter Rainier


An Indian Lady

An Indian Lady


Artillery Officer

Bengal Artillery Officer


Arthur Wolfe

Arthur Wolfe First Viscount Kilwarden and his wife Anne


David de Pury

David de Pury


Lady with a Mask

Lady with a Mask


Colonel Southwell

Colonel William Southwell and Family


A Boy

A Boy


A Girl

A Girl


Henry Baynton

 Henry William Baynton


Mary Cavendish

Mary Cavendish


Penelope Jonson

Penelope Jonson


MacGregor Family

The MacGregor Family


Thomas Carter

Thomas Carter


Edmund Burke-

Edmund Burke in Conversation with Charles James Fox


Stephen First Earl

Stephen First Earl and Helen Countess of Mountcashel and Family


Colonel Mackenzie

Colonel Colin Mackenzie


Townshend

George Townshend Second Marquess Townshend


Dona Maria I

Dona Maria One of Portugal held at Queluz