Mulready, William

BORN 1 Apr 1786, Ennes, Clare - DIED 7 Jul 1863, London: Bayswater
GRAVE LOCATION London: Kensal Green Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Green (056/2 (17933))

Successful painter of genre scenes. His family moved to Dublin when he was very small and to London in 1792. In 1800 he became a student at the Royal Academy. He came to work at William John Varley's school and in he married his sister Elizabeth (the marriage collapsed in 1808).

Mulready painted simple scenes from everyday life and his work was very popular in his own time. He was also an art scholar and illustrator of children's books. Mulready became a member of the Royal Academy and received the Légion d'Honneur for the paintings that he had sent to the International Exhibition of 1815 in Paris. John Ruskin considered him to be a superb technician and colorist.

Work: "Snow Scene"; "First Love".

Related persons
• was written about by Ruskin, John


William Mulready's grave at Kensal Green Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (11 Dec 1993)


• Culbertson, Judi & Tom Randall, Permanent Londoners, Robson Books, London, 1991
• Whelchel, Harriet (ed.), John Ruskin and the Victorian Eye, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1993
Clare People: William Mulready

Munck, Ernest de

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022