• Portrait of Dr Hugh Kennedy -
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    Half-length 

    Signed centre right: T. Hickey/1774   

    Coloured chalks over pencil on laid paper, oval 

    21 by 16.4 cm., 8 ¼ by 6 ¼ in. 

     

    Provenance: 

    Anonymous sale, Christie’s, 17th May 1934, lot 47; 

    With J. Maher, 1939 

     

    Literature:  

    Edward A. McGuire, `Pastel Portrait Painting in Ireland in the XVIII century’, Connoisseur, vol. CIII, 1939, p.11, fig. v; 

    Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of Pastellists before 1800, 2006, p. 236, ill. 

     

    Hickey was principally a portrait painter working mainly in oil as well as pastel. Born in Ireland, he studied in Italy from 1761 to 1767 and was in London by 1770. He worked in Bath from 1776 to 1780 when he set off to India via Portugal where he spent several years, reaching India in March 1784. In India, he set up a successful practice as a portrait painter working for Tipu Sultan amongst others and remained there, except for an interlude in Ireland from 1796 to 1798, until his death in Madras in 1824.  

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