James Arthur O'Connor
James Arthur O'Connor
|Died||7 January 1841|
Brompton, London, England
|Homeward Bound (c. 1825 – 1830)|
A Thunderstorm: The Frightened Wagoner (1832)
The Poachers (1835)
James Arthur O'Connor was born 15 Aston's Quay, Dublin – the son of an engraver and printer, William O'Connor. O'Connor would become a distinguished landscape painter. He was self-taught, receiving just a few lessons from William Sadler. He travelled to London with Francis Danby and George Petrie, exhibiting at the Royal Academy in 1822. O'Connor visited France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the Rhineland. He died poor, in Brompton, London, 7 January 1841. O'Connor was married – his wife's name was Anastatia.
List of paintings
The list below contains an incomplete list of his works and gives either the owner (in 1985) or the location of where the original is found today (or both).
|A Moonlit Landscape||Oil on Board||7 x 6 inches
17.78 x 15.24 cm
Blackrock Co Dublin
|Signed Lower Right. View at http://www.galleryofthemasters.com/o-folder/oconnor-james-arthur-gallery.html Gallery of the Masters|
|Westport House||c. 1818||Oil on canvas||Phyllis Pennefather||This is Westport House, in County Mayo.|
|Ballinrobe House||c. 1818||Oil on canvas||42.0 x 71.0 cm.
(161⁄2 x 28 in.)
|National Gallery of Ireland||This is said to be Bridge House (then owned by Courtney Kenny), located at Ballinrobe, County Mayo.|
|Lough Mask||c. 1818||Oil on canvas||National Gallery of Ireland|
|A view of Howth Head||c. 1819 – 1820||Oil on canvas||Private Collection|
|Landscape with a view of Drimnagh Castle||1821||Oil on canvas||44.4 x 59.7 cm
(17½ x 23½ in.)
|View of Irishtown from Sandymount||1823||Oil on canvas||35.5 x 45.7 cm.
(14 x 18 in.)
|Pyms Gallery, London.||Signed and dated at lower left: 'J A O'Connor 1823'.|
|The Field of Waterloo||c. 1826||Anglesey Abbey Collection.||This depicts the battlefield at Waterloo, Belgium, a country which O'Connor visited in 1826. The famous Butte du Lion (or Lion's Mound) features prominently in this painting.|
|A View on the Liffey||1828||Oil on board||22.2 x 28 cm.
(83⁄4 x 11 in.)
|Private Collection.||Signed and dated: 'J A O'Connor. 1828'.|
|The Devil's Glen, Co. Wicklow, with a Fisherman||1828||Victoria and Albert Museum, London.|
|Homeward Bound||c. 1825–1830||Oil on canvas||63.0 x 76.0 cm.
(243⁄4 x 30 in.)
|Private collection, sold for charity.||This is one of his nicer paintings and shows an Irishman of the period, accompanied by a small dog, walking down a country lane past a large pair of trees – suggesting he's returning home after a hard day's work. It is signed 'J.A. O'Connor'.|
|The Ford – A Landscape with Wagon, three Horses, and Figure||c. 1830||Oil on canvas||Frank D. Murnaghan Jr|
|The Eagle's Rock, Killarney||1831||Oil on canvas||69.7 x 90.2 cm.
(271⁄2 x 351⁄2 in.)
|A View of the Devil's Glen||c. 1831||National Gallery of Ireland|
|A Thunderstorm: The Frightened Wagoner||1832||Oil on canvas||65.0 x 76.0 cm.
(255⁄8 x 30 ins.)
|National Gallery of Ireland||This is considered to be one of his best paintings. It is signed and dated 'J.A. O'Connor 1832'.|
|The Poachers||1835||Oil on canvas||55.5 x 70.5 cm.
(217⁄8 x 243⁄4 in.)
|National Gallery of Ireland||This is his best moonlight painting and one of his best paintings overall. It shows three men (three poachers) standing in a moonlight landscape. It is signed and dated 'J.A. O'Connor 1835'.|
- Hutchinson, p. 83.
-  O'Connor at Ricorso.
- Hutchinson, p. 161.
- Anglesey is also sometimes spelt as Anglesea.
- Hutchinson, John. James Arthur O'Connor. Dublin: The National Gallery of Ireland, 1985. ISBN 0-903162-28-8.
- Strickland, Walter G. (1913). A dictionary of Irish artists. Maunsel.
- Bodkin, Thomas (1920). Four Irish landscape painters. Talbot Press.
- Marshall, Catherine (1994). Irish Art Masterpieces. Hugh Lauter Levin Associates. p. 66. ISBN 0-88363-295-0.
- "The 'quiet' man of Irish landscape painting". The Irish Times. 4 September 1999.
- "James Arthur O'Connor (1792-1841)". Ulster Museum.