Brocquy, Louis Le
Carey, Joseph William
Maderson, Arthur K.
McGuinness, William B.
Yeats, Jack B.
The William Percy French Collection
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39 Church Street,
(or by appointment)
Sailing Boat 1910
7" x 10"
William Percy French was born in County Roscommon in
1854. He grew up in Derby before being sent to school in Derry as preparation
for entering Trinity College Dublin. There he studied engineering and for
seven years he worked as an engineer spending his spare time sketching and
composing songs. He then abandoned his chosen career to pursue his artistic
interests and in addition to painting he wrote stories, verse and libretti
for a musical comedy, a comic opera and a full opera, all of which were produced
He is best remembered for his atmospheric watercolour
paintings of Irish bogs and skies, typically painted using a 'wet-on-wet'
technique. His work as both an artist and popular entertainer is commemorated
by the Percy French Society, which was formed in the 1980s, and which has
a collection of some eighty watercolours by French on permanent display in
the North Down Heritage Centre.