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Richard Doyle, 1824-1883

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: September 1824
Place of Birth: London
Place of Death: London


Richard Doyle, an illustrator, printmaker and painter, was the son of the Irish painter and printmaker John Doyle.


In 1843 Doyle began to work for Punch, producing illustrations satirising the current fashion for medievalism. He resigned in 1850 when the magazine opposed the re-establishment of a Roman Catholic hierarchy in Britain.

In 1854 he became one of the eighteen members of the Folio Sketching Club, a society instituted in February of that year by members of the failing Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Doyle illustrated a number of works by John Ruskin and Leigh Hunt, as well as Thackeray's The Newcomes (1854-55). He also painted fantastical fairy landscapes e.g. The Triumphal Entry: A Fairy Pageant (early 1880s; National Gallery, Dublin).


Montalba, A. R., The Doyle Fairy Book, London, 1890; Hambourg, D., Richard Doyle: His Life and Work, London, 1948; Trevelyan, G. M., The Seven Years of William IV: A Reign Cartooned by John Doyle, London, 1952; Engen, R., Richard Doyle, Stroud, 1983; Johnson, Lewis, 'Richard Doyle', The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy, (accessed 22 February 2002).