About the object

A miniature portrait of an unknown Gentleman, watercolour on ivory

Wearing a brown coat with black collar, white waistcoat and tied cravat 
set in the original gold frame with bright-cut borderWearing a black suit and coat, white waistcoat and tied cravat 
set in the original gilt-metal mount, in the original red leather case 

Comerford was born at Kilkenny. He gained some knowledge of art from copying the pictures in the collection of the Marquis of Ormonde. 

He exhibited in London at the Royal Academy in 1804 and 1809. He was very successful and gained a high reputation as a miniature-painter in Dublin, and had a large and lucrative practice in his art.

He particularly excelled in his male portraits, as can be seen in this portrait, which were carefully finished, well expressed, and quiet in colour.


Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009


The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures, (Dublin, privately published, 2009) pp 9, 40 (#153). 
Cust, Lionel Henry (1887). "Comerford, John". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography.

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