Robert West

Life
?-1700; draughtsman, b. Waterford, son of Alderman; early life otherwise unknown; trained in Paris, under Boucher and Vanloo [viz. Charles Van Loo] acc. John O’Keeffe’s Recollections (1826); est. drawing school in George’s Lane, and later appointed master of RDS drawing school at Shaw’s Court, in 1757; mentally deranged in 1763 and replaced by Jacob Ennis, but restored to health and retained his post until his death; his son Francis Robert succeeded him, and was succeeded by Robert Lucius. DIB.

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Commentary
Ann Cruikshank and the Knight of Glin, Irish Portraits 1600-1860 [Catalogue] (1969), p.44, cites his Drawing Schol in George’s Lane [sic], founded in the 1740s and taken over by the RDS mid 1740s; Pasquin says of him, ‘He principally excelled in his drawing of the human figure in chalk and crayons’; no drawing by him is known. [NOTE error in DIB regarding Ennis’s death].

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