See also:song-writer and musician, was
See also:born in
See also:Dublin on the 24th of
See also:February 1797 . His
See also:father was a stockbroker .
See also:Lover began
See also:life as an artist, and was elected in 1828 a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy—a
See also:body of which two years afterwards he became secretary . He acquired repute as a
See also:miniature painter, and a number of the
See also:local aristocracy sat to him for their portraits . His love for
See also:music showed itself at an early age . At a
See also:dinner given to the poet Tom
See also:Moore in 1818 Lover sang one of his own songs, which elicited
See also:special praise from Moore . One of his best-known portraits was that of
See also:Paganini, which was exhibited at the Royal Academy . He attracted
See also:attention as an author by his Legends and Stories of
See also:Ireland (1832), and was one of the first writers for the Dublin University
See also:Magazine . He went to
See also:London about 1835, where, among others, he painted
See also:Lord Brougham in his robes as lord chancellor . His gifts rendered him popular in society; and he appeared often at
See also:Lady Blessington's evening receptions . There he sang several of his songs, which were so well received that he published them (Songs and
See also:Ballads, 1839) . Some of them illustrated Irish superstitions, among these being " Rory O'More," " The
See also:Angel's Whisper," " The May
See also:Dew " and " The Four-leaved Shamrock." In 1837 appeared Rory O'More, a
See also:Romance, which at once made him a reputation as a novelist; he afterwards dramatized it for the Adelphi Theatre, London .
In 1842 was published his best-known
See also:work, Handy Andy, an Irish
See also:Tale . Meanwhile his pursuits had affected his
See also:health; and in 1844 he gave up writing for some
See also:time, substituting instead public entertainments, called by him " Irish Evenings," illustrative of his own
See also:works . These were successful both in
See also:Great Britain and in
See also:America . In addition to
See also:publishing numerous songs of his own, Lover edited a collection entitled The Lyrics of Ireland, which appeared in 1858 . He died on the 6th of
See also:July 1868 . Besides the novels already mentioned he wrote Treasure Trove (1844), and Metrical Tales and Other Poems (186o) . His Life was written in 1874 by
See also:Bernard .
VISCOUNT FRANCIS LOVELL LOVELL (1454-1487)
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