Born in Cork, Mahony trained in Rome and exhibited frequently at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1842. He was primarily a painter of genre and topographical scenes. He moved to London and worked for many of the leading periodicals of the day. In 1847, he was commissioned by the Illustrated London News to document the hardships of the Irish Famine in West Cork. Illustrations such as his survive as important pictorial evidence of the harsh reality of life in rural Ireland.
On display in the exhibition:
• 'Sketches in the west of Ireland', Illustrated London News, 13 February 1847. National Library of Ireland.
• 'Sketches in the west of Ireland', Illustrated London News, 20 February 1847. National Library of Ireland