(1837 - 1864)
Matthew James Lawless was active/lived in Ireland. Matthew Lawless is known for Painting and book illustrations.
Biography Matthew Lawless
Mathew James Lawless was considered by his peers to have the prospect of
a brilliant career only to fall into ill health and die at the age of
27 in 1864. Consequently there have been very few of his paintings on
the market or indeed on display in galleries but those that do appear
testify to Lawless's brilliant talent.
He was described by Strickland as
a 'subject painter' and 'book illustrator'. Having studied in London
under Henry O'Neill he began contributing drawings to 'Once a Week' and
other periodicals and books. His first contribution to the Royal Academy
was in 1858 and he continued to exhibit until 1863.