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John Doyle, born Dublin 1797, died 2 January 1868 in London. He was known as HB, a political cartoonist, caricaturist, painter and lithographer.
Oldest son of a Dublin roman-catholic silk mercer family which, in the 17th century had been granted extensive estates, possibly in Co. Offaly or Laois.
James learned to paint landscapes and miniature portraits at the Royal Dublin Society's drawing school under John Comerfield. He was commissioned to paint equestrian portraits of the Marquess of Sligo and Lord Talbot, the Irish viceroy. 1822 he produced six prints entitled The Life of a Racehorse. He moved to London with his wife, Marianna Conan. Exhibited at Royal Academy 1825.
Doyle is considered a founder of the school of British cartoon satirists made famous by Punch magazine. The British Museum has over 900 over his drawings in its collections.
size approx. 40 x 30 cm
Sketch number 779
published 10th of August 1843