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
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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
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Mountains Stream SOLD
Percy  French  (1819-1893)
Ould Johnny Flynns SOLD
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Pathway, Connemara SOLD
Percy  French  (1854-1920)
Peat Bog, Connemara SOLD
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Reflections, Connemara SOLD
Percy  French  (1954-1920)
River and Bog at Sunset SOLD
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Seagulls on the Beach SOLD
Percy  French  (1854-1920)
Sunset from Horn Head, Co. Donegal SOLD
Percy  French  (1854 - 1920)
Sunset Reflections SOLD
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The Beach at Portrush, Co. Antrim SOLD
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The Edge of the Lake SOLD
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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