|PLAYWRIGHT, NOVELIST, SONGWRITER, MINIATURE PAINTER (IRELAND)|
BORN 24 Feb 1797, Dublin: 60 Grafton Street - DIED 6 Jul 1868, St Helier, Jersey|
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (013/PS (64148))
Samuel Lover was the son of John Liver and his wife Abigail Maher. he refused to become a stockbroker like his father. He studied painting and music instead and he became a friend of the portrait painter Comerford. His mi niatures were exehbited at the Hibernian Academy and Lord Cloncurry, Duke of Leinster became his patron.
In 1827 he married Lucy Barrel and in 1828 he became the Secretary of the Royal Hibernian Academy before he moved to London in 1835 after his miniature of Paganini had attracted attention in 1833 when it was exhibited at the Royal Academy. In London he wrote music for operattas and other stage works, among them "l Paddy Whack in Italia" (1841). His songs like "The Angel's Whisper" and "Molly Brown" were popular. In 1841 his second novel "Handy Andy" was published.
From 1846 to 1848 he toured in the USA with a program of Irish songs and sketches. In the USA his wife died and in 1852 he married Mary Wandby. His daughter Frances from this marriage was the mother of the composer Victor Herbert. Lover was involved in the foundation of "Bentley's Magazine" by Charles Dickens.
has a connection with Dickens, Charles
Browning, D.C. (editor), Dictionary of Literary biography, Dent, London, 1958
Daiches, David (ed.), The Penguin Companion to Literature 1, Penguin Books, 1971
Samuel Lover - Wikipedia
Samuel Lover - Irish Biography