BURKE, Augustus Joseph Nicholas

1838 - 1891

Augustus Burke

Born at Waterslade House, Knocknagur, Tuam, Co. Galway on 28 July 1838, sixth son of William Burke, whose brothers were Theobald Hubert Burke, 13th Baronet of Glinsk, and Thomas Henry Burke, Permanent Under Secretary at the Irish Office, his mother was Fanny Xaveria only daughter of Thomas Tucker of Brook Lodge, Sussex. He studied at the Royal Academy Schools in London having displayed an early interest in drawing, with a love for depicting the people and land of Connemara. He resided in the Netherlands 1870-1872 where he completed some Dutch scenes and was one of the earliest Irish artists to travel to Brittany. He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1863 where his works regularly appeared until his death. In 1869 he took up his residence in Dublin, and was elected an Associate of the Royal Hibernian Academy on 18 July 1871 and a Member on 26 August of the same year where he was also Professor of Painting, from 1863 until his death, exhibiting fifteen Breton scenes at the Academy between 1876 and 1878 and his 'The Feast-day of Notre Dame de Tremala, Brittany' is in their Council Room. The 1880's brought Burke to Walberswick in Suffolk, to an artist's colony created by Philip Wilson Steer and where a student of Burke, and Walter Osborne painted with him. His brother Thomas, Under-Secretary for Ireland, was murdered during the Phoenix Park Murders in 1882 when he left his position at the Royal Hibernian Academy moving with the remaining members of his family, firstly to London and then to Italy. He died at 22 Via La Marmora, Florence on the 28 December 1891, aged 53. Two of his most famous paintings, 'Connemara Girl' and 'A Connemara Landscape' hang at the National Gallery of Ireland. His work is relatively rare, mainly because the contents of his studio were destroyed during the fire that engulfed the Abbey Street buildings of the RHA in 1916.






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