SARAH PURSER RHA
b. Dún Laoghaire, Co. D 1848 d. Dublin 1943
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Sarah Purser grew up in Dungarven, County Waterford and was educated in Switzerland, upon the collapse of her family’s milling business, she decided to make a living as an artist, training at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and later in Paris. 

She enjoyed considerable success as a portrait painter and was active in promoting the work of fellow artists and was founder and administrator of the stained glass co-operative, An Túr Gloine as well as the Friends of the National Collection of Ireland (FNCI). The FNCI was mainly responsible for persuading the Government to present Charlemont House to the City of Dublin as a permanent gallery.

Purser’s landscapes were considered to be among her best works - though rare - as she concentrated professionally as a portrait painter, which brought her considerable wealth. She was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in 1925.
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