Estella Solomon

Life
1882-1968; b. Dublin; ed. Royal Hibernian Academy, under Walter Osborne; Metropolitan School, Dublin, and London under William Orpen; also Chelsea School of Art, and Colarossi’s in Paris; ARHA, 1925; later HRHA; mbr. Cumann na mBan; assisted at Rising, 1916; active Republican; m. James Starkey (Seamus O’Sullivan); portraits in many collections such as TCD Common Room; also prints of Dublin scenes. BREF

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Works
WORKS, Estella Solomons, Portraits of Patriots, with biog. sketch by Hilary Pyle (Allen Figgis 1966), 37pp., index. Her portraits include William Starkey (father of James Starkey, otherwise Seumas O’Sullivan, whom she married); an early portrait of James Stephens (who was a neighbour in the flat below her studio at Brunswick St.; and note that there is another portrait of the poet in his candle-extinguisher cloak by Frank Tuohy); her father Maurice Solomons; her mother Rosa Solomons; Bethel Solomons [& another in family possession]; a butterwoman; Fr O’Flanagan; Padraic Colum [in 1921]; Monsignor Pádraig de Brún [1917]; Seán Milroy; Frank Gallagher (1920); F. R. Higgins; Joseph Campbell; Alice Milligan; Kathleen Goodfellow; Frank Aiken; Austin Clarke (1934); George Russell, AE; Father Dinneen (shown RHA 1921); Thomas Bodkin (1924); Seumas O’Kelly, William Fearon; Ernest Boyd; Art O’Murnaghan; Jack B Yeats (1922, purchased Sligo Museum 1962); Patrick MacDonagh.

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