Thomas Hickey Portrait Painting - Portrait of an Officer
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Thomas Hickey
Portrait of an Officer



Thomas Hickey 1741–1824 Portrait of a Officer Oil on canvas, laid on board Image size: 14 ½ x 11 ¾ inches (37 x 30 cm) Original gilt frame One of a pair Thomas Hickey (1741-1824) was born in Dublin and between 1753 and 1756 he studied at the Royal Society Schools where he won several prizes for his work. He spent some time working in Rome between 1762 and 1767 before moving back to Dublin for two years and then on to London. He exhibited portraits at the Royal Academy (1772-6) and in 1775 his sitters included the Duke of Cumberland and the actress Mrs Abington. In December 1776 he moved to Bath for two years where he painted two full-length portraits of the masters of ceremonies, William Dawson and William Brereton. In 1780 Hickey received permission from the East India Company to travel to India and with him he took a letter from Joshua Reynolds recommending 'a very ingenious young painter' who wished to 'make a trial of his own abilities'. He travelled in a fleet of five vessels which were captured by the French and the Spanish and he was taken to Cadiz. He was released as a non-combattant and travelled on to Lisbon where he remained for three years, establishing a successful portrait practice. He finally arrived in Calcutta in March 1784. During this period he painted a portrait of an Indian lady, possibly named Jemdanee, which remains one of his finest paintings. (National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin). From 1791 he spent time in both London and Dublin and travelled to Peking, before returning to India for the last time to Madras in 1798. Again, Hickey found himself in considerable demand and had a busy portrait practice. He died in Madras in 1824 aged eighty-three. Literature: 'Hickey, Thomas (1741-1824) Portrait Painter and Traveller' John Ingamells. National Dictionary of Biography, Oxford University Press 2004-2016. Ellis Waterhouse 'The Dictionary of British 18th Century Painters', 1981 Susan Sloman and Trevor Fawcett 'Pickpocketing the Rich - Portrait Painng in Bath 1720-1800', 2002


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    Thomas Hickey (1741-1824, Irish)
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    H 14.50 in. x W 11.75 in.H 36.83 cm x W 29.85 cm
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    London, GB
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    Oval PairPrice: $10,466
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