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Joseph Malachy Kavanagh

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Joseph Malachy Kavanagh (1856 – 17 April 1918) was an Irish painter. He is known for his painting landscapes, seascapes, rural scenes in Ireland, France and Belgium and occasional portraits. He particularly was inspired by the landscape in and around Dublin. Life Kavanagh was born in Dublin. Despite being a prolific painter, his work is extremely rare. He was appointed as Keeper of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1910 and was given a studio space on the upper floor of the building at Academy House on Abbey Street. However, this prestigious post was to bring him misfortune during the Easter Rising of 1916 when Academy House was destroyed by shelling and engulfed in a fire which destroyed his studio and most of his paintings. According to Aidan Dunne, the Academy was likely hit by the Royal Navy warship HMY Helga (later in service of the new Irish Free State as the Irish patrol vessel Muirchu): The Academy had been actively campaigning for a new build
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