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George Bernard O'Neill
Irish, (1828-1917)

A Fine Feast
Oil on canvas, signed & dated 64
8 inches x 12 inches

George Bernard O'Neill was born in Dublin on 17 July 1828. He travelled to England in 1837 where he attended school in Woolwich. In 1845 he was accepted at the Royal Academy School and started exhibiting regularly at the Royal Academy from 1847. In 1855, he married Emma Stuart Callcott, a cousin of the artist John Callcott Horsley. Through his wife, he was introduced to the Cranbrook Colony in 1859 and kept a home and studio near Cranbrook where many of his paintings were set. He also had a home and studio in London and became friends with other artists including George Henry Boughton and James McNeill Whistler. O'Neill specialised in charming genre scenes of rural life often containing children with a slightly humorous narrative. This technique espoused by the Cranbrook school which he was part of was often used as a tool to appeal to the social conscience of the viewer. His works were highly popular amongst the emerging middle class, especially in the North and Midlands who were part of a growing social movement. He died in London on 23 September 1917. Examples of his works can be found in a number of museums and art galleries including the Bury Art Museum, Guildhall Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, Sheffield Museum, Tate, Walker Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Price £4,900

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