Thomas Pooley

1646-1723 England/Ireland-Portraiture

 

Brief Biography-Thomas Pooley, the son of a Dublin attorney, was born in Ipswich. It is expected he learned to paint in London where he studied law. Thomas became a well-known portraitist on arrival in Dublin and was sought after by the aristocracy of the time. Sir Peter Lely influenced him; it is also possible he may have tutored him. Thomas was a member of the Guild of Saint Luke. He received numerous commissions, but sadly most have not survived to this day. There are however some of his portraits in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. His most notable works were for Sir John Perceval, who was an Irish patron of the arts. The three brothers Sir John, Sir Philip and Sir Robert Perceval, had untimely deaths. Robert, who was known for duelling and gambling, got murdered in London. John died of prison fever he caught while working with the courts in Cork, and Philip who was said to be of a bad temper got poisoned. In Pooley's later years he gave up painting, involved himself in business and became an MP.

 

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Jonathan
Swift

Jonathan Swift

Sir John
Perceval

Sir John Perceval

Sir Philip
Perceval

Sir Philip Perceval

Robert
Perceval

Robert Perceval

Sir Robert
Southwell

Sir Robert Southwell

John
Stearne

John Stearne


Duchess of
Cleveland

Duchess of Cleveland and her daughter Barbara Villiers