~ William John Hennessy ~ Irish artist, 1839-1917

Artist William John Hennessy
Thomastown, County Kilkenny, 1839 - 1917

William John Hennessy gained admittance to the National Academy of Design in 1854 and exhibitioned his first works there.  Hennessy developed a skill in wood engraving and was hired to illustrate the works of renowned poets, including that of Tennyson, Longfellow and Whittier. As an American he became the co-founder of the Artists’ Fund Society, and an honorary member of the American Society of Painters in Watercolours. In 1870 he moved to London where he became a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1902. Between 1879 and 1907 the Royal Hibernian Academy displayed eight of his paintings.

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