#ArtInspires | Drawing by Michael Healy from the National Gallery of Ireland

This is absolutely beautiful and charming drawing by Michael Healy RHA that I found in the National Gallery of Ireland‘s collection online. I love the strong black line, which says a lot about the artist’s background in illustration and stained glass design. The girl’s face is drawn by only a few strokes, yet the expression is wonderful. Click here to see the full image.

CKRClLCWwAAjnSb (1)Image: National Gallery of Ireland

Michael Healy RHA, Irish, 1873-1941

Ink on paper
19 x 16 cm
Provenance unknown

A biographical note from website Stained Glass in Mayo compiled by the Heritage Office of Mayo County Council:


Michael HEALY (1873–1941) was born in Dublin. His father died when he was a child and he went to work at fourteen in a sugar-boiler’s and then with a spirit bonder. In 1897 he joined the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. In 1898 he moved to the RHA School, where he won the Academy first prize for a drawing from life. The following year he obtained a post as illustrator for the Irish Rosary, published by the Dominican order. The editor recognised his talent and arranged for him to visit Florence for further study. He returned to Ireland and in 1903 joined An Túr Gloine, at the invitation of Sarah Purser, where he studied under A.E. Child; he worked there for the rest of his life. Examples of his work may be seen in Blackrock and Clongowes Wood Colleges, Letterkenny and Loughrea Cathedrals. He also executed commissions for New York, Chicago, and Wellington, New Zealand. Besides his stained glass work he contributed sketches and cartoons to the Leader and exhibited at the RHA 1912–14. He lived almost as a recluse. He died at Mercer’s Hospital, Dublin in 1941.


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