Sarah Purser RHA  b. Dún Laoghaire, Co. D 1848 d. Dublin 1943
Old Dugort, Achill Island by Sarah Purser RHA
© The Estate of Sarah Purser, Photograph © John Kellett/Drogheda Borough Council
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Oil on Panel
Dimensions: 15 x 72 cms cm
Permanent Catalogue No. DMAC 0004
Status: Exhibiting
Provenance: Presented by Bequest of Dr. Richard Irvine Best, 1959.

Sarah Purser was born in Kingstown (Dún Laoghaire). She grew up in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and was educated in Switzerland. The family's milling business collapsed and she decided to make her living as an artist. She trained at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art and in Paris. She had great success as a portrait painter which gave her status and wealth which she used to promote fellow artists and the visual arts in general. She founded and administered the stained glass co-operative, An Túr Gloine. In 1924, she founded the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland (FNCI) and was mainly responsible for persuading the Irish Government to present Charlemont House to the city of Dublin as a permanent gallery. She was elected to the RHA in 1925.

Sarah Purser's landscapes were considered to be amongst her freshest works but they are rare as she had no time to paint for leisure until late in life. She was still painting when she was well into her 80s. She died in Dublin in 1943.
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