The `quiet' man of Irish landscape painting
It has often seemed the lot of the romantic artist that his work should be fully appreciated only posthumously. Certainly, this was unhappily true of James Arthur O'Connor, who in his last years had to contend with not only failing eyesight but also falling demand for his landscape paintings. When he died in January 1841, his widow was left so impoverished that a financial appeal was organised to support her, with Prince Albert offering 20 guineas to the fund.
Since then, O'Connor's paintings have rarely fallen out of favour and, because he was prolific in his output, they come onto the market with great regularity.