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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 ventured to London after spending three years in Dublin without much progress. 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 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 perfection until his dying day in 1824.


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Lieutenant-Colonel Later Major General William Kirkpatrick with his Assistants


Michael Cormak

Portrait of a

Portrait of a Gentleman

Portrait of
Two Children

Portrait of Two Children

Reverand Samuel

Reverand Samuel Madden

Sir Armine

Sir Armine Wodehouse


Thomas Leland


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


George Townshend Second Marquess Townshend

Dona Maria I

Dona Maria One of Portugal held at Queluz