Martin Archer Shee, portrait painter and writer, was born in Dublin, the son of a merchant. After studying in his native city in the early 1780s, he moved to London in 1788 and entered the Royal Academy schools in 1790. Ten years later he was made a Royal Academician. In 1830, Shee was elected President of the Royal Academy, succeeding Sir Thomas Lawrence, and was knighted in the same year. Shee died in Brighton at the age of 80.
Collection of Samuel Fox JP; collection of Almeric Hugh Paget, 1st Baron Queenborough (1861-1949) of Campfield Place, Hatfield; by whose executors sold through Christie’s, London, on 28 April 1950, ‘Ancient and Modern Pictures and Drawings: Property of Lord Queenborough and Others’ sale (Lot 71), as by ‘Unknown’, bought in; purchased from Christie’s by the Ministry of Works in April or May 1950
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