Sir Martin Archer Shee (1769-1850), Portrait painter and President of the Royal Academy
Sitter in 3 portraits
Artist associated with 85 portraits
The Irish-born Shee was primarily a portrait painter. He moved to London in 1788 where, after working as an engraver, he enrolled in the Royal Academy Schools in 1790. He was elected a full academician in 1805 An energetic reformer, Shee published Rhymes on Art, or the Remonstrance of a Painter (1800) which called for national support for the arts. The book was well received and was instrumental in the foundation of the British Institution in the same year.
All paintings by this artist on the BBC Your Paintings website