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Currey, Frances (1848-1917)

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Frances was a daughter of Francis Edmund Currey, agent to the late Duke of Devonshire from 1840-1880. They resided in Lismore Castle.

Frances became a pupil of the landscape artist Paul J. Naftel and later studied in Paris. She specialised in landscape and flower painting. She was a founder member of the Irish Amateur Drawing Society and exhibited with them up until 1902. She was secretary of the Society from 18801890. Frances also exhibited at the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, London between 1880-1896 and at R.H.A. from 1877-1896. She wrote a children book 'Prince Ritto'in 1877 which illustrated by her friend Helen O'Hara. Frances was also interested in sculpture and a stone pulpit in St. Carthage's Cathedral Lismore is said to have been sculpted by her.

She commissioned a stained glass window from Burne-Jones for St. Carthage's Cathedral in memory of her father. She acquired the Warren Nursery in Lismore and became a professional daffodil bulb grower. She was also said to have been a 'horse whisper". In her later years she used to spend part of the summer at the old Barrack near the Gap on the Lismore-Clogheen road where she fished and painted. She is said to have introduced the rhododendron ponticum to the Knockmealdowns.

Author: William Fraher

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