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Augustus Nicholas Burke RHA (1838 - 1891)
Burke was born into the Galway Burkes of Glinsk. He was the sixth son of William Burke of Knocknagur. One of his brothers was Theobald Hubert Burke, 13th Baronet of Glinsk, while another brother was Thomas Henry Burke, Permanent Under Secretary at the Irish Office. He showed an early interest in drawing, displaying a love for depicting the people and land of his native Connemara. His career in the arts was initiated at the Royal Academy in London. He would exhibit at the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1863 until his death. From 1870 to 1872 he resided in Holland where he illustrated a handful of Dutch scenes. One of the earliest Irish artists to travel to Brittany, Burke exhibited fifteen Breton scenes at the Royal Hibernian Academy between 1876 and 1878. He painted further in his native Ireland, as well as Scotland and England. The 1880's brought Burke to Walberswick in Suffolk to an artist's colony created by Philip Wilson Steer. A student of Burke, Walter Osborne, painted with him here.
Two of his most famous paintings, Connemara Girl and A Connemara Landscape hang at the National Gallery of Ireland.