Percy French

Biography

Born at Cloonyquin, County Roscommon, in 1854, Percy French was a renaissance man in that not only was he a noted entertainer and musician but also an accomplished water-colourist and writer. Educated at Trinity College in the Engineering faculty, he was for a short while a surveyor in County Cavan. It was whilst in this midland county that he devoted himself to capturing the colours of the Irish skies and countryside. The size of his watercolours reflects the fact that they were mostly executed during his musical tours. He would paint the skies en route to his next engagement filling in the foreground on arriving at his digs. Almost invariably he would present the finished watercolour to his host. The fact that he travelled widely during the course of his musical career is reflected in his work; there are scenes painted in Switzerland, England, Canada, the USA and the West Indies. The effects of light breaking through clouds onto a landscape are ever-present in FrenchÍs work. His sunsets, too, are key to his oeuvre. At the time that he was painting Krakatoa had recently erupted spewing into the earth's atmosphere a considerable amount of debris which served to colour subsequent sunsets in the northern hemisphere.
 
Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Evening Light Connemara

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Break in the Clouds

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Percy  French  (1854-1920)

A Purple Moor SOLD

Percy  French  (1854 -1920)

A Sailing Boat on a Lake SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Achill Geese SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Bog Lake Connemara SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Bogland Scene SOLD

Percy  French  (1854 - 1920)

Cottages in the West SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Dusk Falling Over a Western Landscape SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Gortnamona SOLD

Percy  French  (1854 - 1920)

Lake Reflections SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Lough Swilly SOLD

Percy  French  (1854 - 1920)

Moorland Scene at Sunset SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Mountains Stream SOLD

Percy  French  (1819-1893)

Ould Johnny Flynns SOLD

Percy  French  (1854 - 1920)

Pathway, Connemara SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Peat Bog, Connemara SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Reflections, Connemara SOLD

Percy  French  (1954-1920)

River and Bog at Sunset SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Seagulls on the Beach SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Sunset from Horn Head, Co. Donegal SOLD

Percy  French  (1854 - 1920)

Sunset Reflections SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

The Beach at Portrush, Co. Antrim SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

The Edge of the Lake SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

The Grand Canal, Dublin SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

The Night That Brings Delight SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

There is Music on the River SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

To the West SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Tree in a Bogland, Sunset SOLD

Percy  French  (1854 - 1920)

Tree in a West of Ireland Landscape SOLD

Percy  French  (1854-1920)

Twilight SOLD