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Foley, John Henry (1818–1874), sculptor, was born on 24 May 1818 in Dublin, the son of Jesse Foley, a grocer. Following the example of his brother, Edward, he was educated at the Royal Dublin Society's art schools (1831–4) and the Royal Academy Schools, London...


L. H. Cust

revised by John Turpin

Kirk, Thomas (1781–1845), sculptor, was born in Cork, the son of William Kirk, a native of Edinburgh, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Bible. His parents moved to Cork from Newry, co. Down, but Kirk settled in Dublin in early life and studied in the drawing schools of the ...


Sheppard, Oliver (1865–1941), sculptor, was born on 10 April 1865 in Cookstown, co. Tyrone, one of the five children of the sculptor Simpson Sheppard (b. 1836) of co. Tyrone, who specialized in marble inlaying of chimney-pieces, and his wife, Ellen White (...


D. J. O'Donoghue

revised by Frederick O'Dwyer

Smyth, Edward (c. 1745–1812), sculptor, was born in co. Meath, reputedly the son of a stonecutter who went to Dublin about 1750. The younger Smyth was apprenticed to Simon Vierpyl, the English carver taken to Dublin by Lord Charlemont to work on the casino at ...