Joseph Kavanagh (Irish, 1856-1918), oil on canvas portrait of John Timothy McNicholas (1877-1950), an Irish born clergyman who was named Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota, and later Archbishop of Cincinnati. McNicholas is portrayed seated in a high back chair and wearing his clergy robes. Signed lower right. Housed in a giltwood molded frame with ovolo edge and carved corner moldings. Sight – 29 3/4" H x 19 3/4" W. Framed – 35 5/8" H x 26" W. Circa 1910. Biography: Joseph Malachy Kavanagh studied at the Metropolitan School of Art and in Antwerp under Verlat. He was known particularly for his landscapes in and around Dublin. Although a prolific painter, Kavanagh's work is relatively rare. He was Keeper of the RHA and living on the premises on Abbey Street when a fire broke out, destroying his studio and paintings. The only works which survived were those which left his possession prior to the fire. He escaped with his life but was said to have never fully recovered from the tragedy. CONDITION: Overall cracquelure, several miniscule scattered paint flakes, most noticeably in the eye/glasses area. Blacklight reveals no significant inpainting or restorations. Frame has been regilded or overpainted.
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