Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852)

'Portrait of Thomas Moore' by Daniel Maclise taken from 'The Maclise Portrait Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters with Memoirs' by William Bates (1883)

Daniel Maclise (1806-1870)

Portrait of Thomas Moore by Daniel Maclise from The Maclise Portrait Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters with Memoirs by William Bates

London: Chatto and Windus, Piccadilly, 1883

Born in Dublin, Moore attended Trinity College, graduating in 1798. The following year he travelled to England to study law. A man of letters and music, he rose to great fame in London, where he promoted Irish sentimental nationalism among a wealthy and educated audience. Moore's hugely popular Irish Melodies was published in ten parts between 1807 and 1834. These lyrics for old Irish airs are full of nostalgic imagery for Ireland’s past glory, including the harp, round towers and shamrocks.

Daniel Maclise was thirty years younger than Moore, and though they were never close friends, Maclise was commissioned to produce illustrations for a revised edition of the Melodies in 1846. He was considerably influenced by the writings of Moore and often Moore’s imagery can be seen in Maclise’s paintings, such as the harp in The Marriage of Strongbow and Aoife.