Daniel Maclise (1811-1870)

From Morte d'Arthur

Daniel Maclise, of Scottish and Irish descent, was born in Cork. He studied at Cork, before coming to London to study at the Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited there from 1829. He became ARA in 1835, RA in 1840, and was offered the Presidency of the Academy in 1866, which he refused (as did Edwin Landseer). Maclise was of a previous artistic generation to the Pre-Raphaelites, yet overlapped with them, including in illustrating Moxon's Tennyson. His compositions tend to be set-pieces, composed groups of figures telling a story. However, at his best he produced quite arresting pictures in the academic manner.

As well as painting and subjects from history and literature, he also did some illustrative work of high quality.

Portraits by Maclise may be seen in the National Portrait Gallery.

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