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Daniel Macdonald

1821-1853 Ireland/Genre


Brief Biography-Daniel MacDonald (McDaniel) was born in Cork, the son of James McDaniel, a caricaturist; he taught him drawing at a young age, combined with etching, engraving, pen, and ink drawings. He had works published by the Cork Tribute and exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1842. MacDonald painted famine scenes from 1846 to 1851. During this time, he displayed works at the British Institution. His painting, The Discovery of the Potato Blight, was one of only a few real-life accounts of the famine and engravings by the Cork artist James Mahoney 1810-1879. MacDonald exhibited at the London Royal Academy in 1853, and in the same year, he died of fever at the young age of thirty-two. His sister Jane MacDonald was also a successful artist.


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The Discovery of
the Potato Blight

The Discovery of the Potato Blight


Bowling Match at Castlemary Cloyne


Charles Hanbury-Tracy first Baron Sudeley

Dancing Master

The Dancing Master


The Eviction