George Mulvany (1809-1869) was born in Dublin, one of three sons of Thomas James Mulvany (1779-1845). He studied at the Royal Hibernian Academy and exhibited there from 1827 until his death. In 1835 he became a member of the RHA, and took over as Keeper upon his father's death in 1845. He was an enthusiastic promoter of art institutions and was one of the foremost advocates for the foundation of the National Gallery of Ireland, of which he became the first Director in 1862. He died after a short illness at his home at 18 Herbert Place, Dublin, on 6 February 1869, and was buried in Mount Jerome cemetery, Dublin.