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Oil painting - Waterfall
  • Waterfall
    O'Connor, James Arthur, born 1792 - died 1841
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  • Object:

    Oil painting

  • Date:

    1838 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    O'Connor, James Arthur, born 1792 - died 1841 (painter (artist))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oil on canvas

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Forster

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  • Gallery location:

    In Storage


1838 (painted)


O'Connor, James Arthur, born 1792 - died 1841 (painter (artist))

Materials and Techniques

Oil on canvas

Marks and inscriptions

'J A O'C 1838'


Height: 30.5 cm estimate, Width: 25.4 cm estimate

Object history note

Bequeathed by John Forster, 1876

Descriptive line

Oil painting, 'Waterfall', James Arthur O'Connor, 1838

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Catalogue of British Oil Paintings 1820-1860, Ronald Parkinson, Victoria and Albert Museum, London: HMSO, 1990, p. 221
The following is the full text of the entry:

"O'CONNOR, James Arthur (?1792-1811)
Born Dublin, Eire, probably in 1792, son and pupil of the printseller and engraver William O'Connor; practised as an engraver, and studied painting with William Sadler. First exhibited Dublin 1809. Visited London with Francis Danby ARA 1813, returning there to live 1822. Exhibited 21 landscapes (several views around Dublin) at the RA between 1822 and 1840, 38 at the BI 1823-39, and 17 at the SBA 1829-1838. Visited Brussels 1826-7, Paris and Germany 1832-3. Health and eyesight declined; died Brompton, London, 7 January 1841; his studio sale was at Christie's 12 February 1842 (Art Union April 1845 made a financial appeal for his widow). Some of his works were exceptionally large; Bodkin proposed that his best paintings were on a smaller scale but seldom exhibited. S Redgrave (A Dictionary of Artists of the English School) in 1878 thought the landscapes 'boldly painted, show great feeling, and are good in tone and colour, but rather green', and Hutchinson in 1985 describes the artist as:
Until about ten years ago ... possibly the best loved of all Irish painters. This affection ... was not based on any real knowledge of his paintings, but on an affinity with the lyrical mood of his most common landscapes, which, it was widely believed, always included tiny figures wearing red waistcoats walking down country lanes on fine summer days.
LIT: Gentleman's Magazine March 1841, p329, June 1841, p666 (obit); Dublin Monthly Magazine April 1842; W G Strickland A Dictionary of Irish Artists, Il, 1913, pp179-82 (with engr self-portrait); T Bodkin Four Irish Landscape Painters 1920, pp17-28; James Arthur O'Connor centenary exhibition catalogue, Municipal Gallery of Modem Art, Dublin, 1941; A Crookshank 'Early Landscape Painters in Ireland' Country Life 24 August 1972, pp468-72; A Crookshank and the Knight of Glin The Painters of Ireland 1978, p209; J Hutchinson James Arthur O'Connor NGI, Dublin, 1985

F28 Neg GB582
Canvas, 30.5 X 25.4 cm (12 X 10 ins) Signed and dated 'J A O'C 1838' bl Forster Bequest 1876
O'Connor had exhibited a painting entitled 'The Waterfall' at the SBA 1830 (384). Others with the same title were show at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1843 (523) and at Wrexham in 1876 (496, lent by a Mr Ports). Presumably this, and F27 'The Waterfall' above are scenes in the Wicklow mountains. The view also resembles in some ways that of 'A View of the Dargle - Lovers' Leap' (1837, private collection, repr Hutchinson p 186).

Ronald Parkinson"


Canvas; Oil paint


Oil painting

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