George Bernard O’Neill (1828-1917)

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O’Neill was born in Ireland and studied at the Royal Academy Schools, exhibiting there from 1847. Making his name in the 1850s, he moved to Cranbrook late in the decade, and took a long lease on a timber-framed cloth-hall. This subject is typical of O’Neill who is best known for his anecdotal paintings of contemporary life, which often featured children.

Image above: The Foundling
Tate, London, 2007