William Mulready RA HRA  b. Ennis, Co Clare 1786 d. London, England 1863
Miniature Of The Artist's Hand by William Mulready RA HRA
Photograph © John Kellett/Drogheda Borough Council
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Oil on Ivory
Dimensions: 6 x 8 cm
Permanent Catalogue No. DMAC 0015
Status: In Conservation
Provenance: 1963

William Mulready was born in Ennis, Co. Clare, in 1786, son of a leather-breeches maker. The family left Ireland when he was 6 years of age. In london, he received drawing lesssons from Thomas Banks, sculptor, and others. He entered the Royal Academy School (RA) and painted everything from miniatures to panoramas. He exhibited at the RA and at the British Institution (BI) and occasionally at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA). In 1840, he designed the 'Mulready Envelope', the first illustrated envelope. He was elected to the RA in 1816 and became an Honorary Royal Hibernian Academician in 1860. He painted all his life to within a few days of his death in 1863 in London.

Presented by Mrs Aileen Bodkin through the Friends of the National Collection of Ireland, in memory of her late husband, Dr. Thomas Bodkin, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland (1927-1935).

The Tate Britain has two studies of the hand, executed on paper by the artist.
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