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Callaghan, Cornelius (1770-1840)

Callaghan, Cornelius snr and jnr

Dublin, Ireland; house painter, glazier, map and printseller (fl.1770-1840)

Freeman of the City of Dublin as a Glazier by Grace Especial 1772. In 1783, 1786 and 1795 he was elected onto the Dublin Common Council for the Smiths’ Guild.

Recorded at 157 Great Britain Street, 1770-8; 31 Britain Street, 1779-89; 35 Mary’s Street, 1790-1815?; 24 Clare St, 1822-44. Cornelius Callaghan’s trade label reading ‘CALLAGHAN. Glazier Painter Map & Print Seller. No. 31 Britain Street’ has been recorded on the back of miniature dated January 1784 (illus. Glin, Furniture History (1985), fig. 5). Directories for 1770-1815 list him at 31 & and 157 Britain Street and also at 34 & 35 Mary Street, together with John, Ann and George Callaghan, perhaps his siblings or children. In 1815 the Directory noted a change of occupation to ‘paper stainer and floor cloth manufacturer’.

It is possible that the man trading at the Clare Street address was Cornelius Callaghan junior. An early 19th century oval trade label, reading ‘CORNELIUS CALLAGHAN, Carver & Gilder, Looking Glass & Picture Frame Manufacturer. No. 24 Clare St., Dublin. Bronze Figures Gold Bordering for Rooms &c., &c.’, has been found on the back of six gilt and eglomise frames for six prints of ‘The Months’ after Bartolozzi, sold at Christie’s sale at Betty Glen, Co. Dublin, 3 August 1979, Lot 174. A similar label is on the back of an elaborate gilt gesso frame for a watercolour of a young girl in St Patrick’s Deanery Garden at Glin Castle, Co. Limerick (illus. Glin, Furniture History (1985), figs 6 & 7). Another is on the back of a mirror in the collection of Raymond Gilmore, Bloodyburn House, Kircubbin, Co. Down.

Source: Glin, ‘Dublin Directories and Trade Labels’, Furniture History (1985); Glinn & Peill, Irish Furniture (2007), p. 292.