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 Robert Fagan  (1745 - 1816)

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Lived/Active: Italy      Known for: portrait painting

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Birth
1745 (London, England)
 
Death
1816

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Italy

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Robert Fagan (1761-1816)

Although art historians consistently include Fagan within the ranks of Irish portrait artists, there is no written record of his connection with Ireland, although his father, a Covent Garden baker, was believed to have been born in Cork and Fagan himself claimed to be Irish.

Born in London, he studied drawing and painting at the Royal Academy schools, and in 1783 - after receiving a significant inheritance upon the death of his father - he travelled to Paris and thereafter to Rome, where he spent the remainder of his life.  He married twice, both times to Italian women of great beauty, and enjoyed a life full of enterprise and circumstance.  As a painter, he specialized in portraiture, acquiring numerous clients from the ranks of fashionable and wealthy visitors to Rome.  Among his outstanding works are Portrait of Lady Mainwaring (c.1792-3), Sir Corbet Corbet, His Wife and Dog (c.1797), Self-Portrait With Second Wife (c.1805), and Portrait of Margaret Simpson at Hibernia (c.1805) - the latter complete with harp, wolfhound and shamrock border.

In addition to his career as a portraitist, Fagan bought and sold paintings, as well as ancient sculpture and other antiquities.  In his mid-40s he even entered the world of diplomacy when, after considerable string-pulling, he contrived to have himself installed as Consul-General for Sicily!  In 1815, at the age of 54, Fagan travelled to England at the request of one of his patrons, to execute a series of classical murals.  Failing to complete this work, he returned to Rome, and the following year - in response to mounting financial pressure - committed suicide by jumping from an upstairs window.

Source:
Online Encyclopedia of Irish and British Artists
http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/biographies-of-irish-artists/robert-fagan.htm

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