A miniature portrait of Adam Douglas

Artist/Maker SAMPSON TOWGOOD ROCHE (1759-1847)
Dimensions 6.70cm high   
Description , inscribed on the rim of the frame Adam Douglas. No. 5 Clare Street, with plaited hair border, the reverse with sitter's initials AD and the number 44 in gold numerals

Sampson the son of William and Mary Roch of Youghal, in County Cork, he was born deaf. It is unknown with whom he studied; he may have been self-taught. By 1779 he had established himself in Dublin, and in the years following is known to have worked in England. Beginning in 1786 he lived in Cork; while there he married a distant cousin. In 1792 the couple moved to Bath, where his practice flourished. Roch returned to the family home in County Waterford in 1822; there he died in 1847.
Exhibitions Comerford Collection at the Irish Architectural Archives in Dublin, in 2009.
Literature Paul Caffrey, John Comerford and the Portrait Miniature in Ireland c. 1620-1850, at the Kilkenny Archaeological Society, 1999, p. 32 Number 59, illustrated in colour p. 39

The Comerford Collection: Portrait Miniatures (Dublin, privately published, 2009), pp 8, 28 (# 87) 67 (sitter # 28).
Signed Signed and dated 1789 on the obverse
Medium watercolour on ivory
Condition Good
Ref No. 4587
Price £2000.00
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