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    The work of Cork born Regency period portraitist Adam Buck (1759-1833) is celebrated in an exhibition now on at the Crawford Gallery. One of Regency England’s most sought after portrait painters he worked in Cork and Dublin for 20 years before moving to London in 1795.  There he immediately gained a roster of star clients including the Duke of York and his scandalous mistress Mary Anne Clarke.

    The second of four surviving children Adam was born to a family of silversmiths in Cork. His younger brother Frederick (1765-1840) became an established miniature painter who worked in Cork.  The Adam Buck exhibition is a distilled version of the exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford last year entitled: An Elegant Society: Adam Buck, an artist in the age of Jane Austen. It contains works from the National Gallery of Ireland, the Royal Collections Trust and the Crawford Permanent Collection.  A monograph publication written by Peter Darvall will accompany the exhibition which is at the Crawford until April 9.

    (See post on for July 17, 2015).

    Adam Buck - Mary Anne Clarke by statue ©Private Collection.

    Adam Buck – Mary Anne Clarke by statue ©Private Collection.

    Adam Buck - First Steps ©Private Collection

    Adam Buck – First Steps ©Private Collection

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