Garret Murphy

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Portrait of James Bryan of Jenkinstown Park, County Kilkenny, Oil on Panel, 26 x 21.1 in. / 66 x 53.5 cm.

Garret Morphy (Irish: Morphey) (c. 1650 – 1716) was an Irish painter.


One of the earliest, if not the earliest, Irish painters, Murphy practised in Dublin. He was most likely a pupil of Gaspar Smitz, a Dutch painter who worked in Ireland, though he is also recorded as having been an assistant to Edmund Ashfield in London.[1][2] He painted portraits, genre scenes and landscapes based on the Dutch style of Constantine and Gaspar Netscher and Adriaen van der Werff. He painted for established Catholic families and newer Protestant families.[3]


  1. ^ Garret Morphy (Encyclopedia of Irish and World Art|).
  2. ^ Aspects of Irish Art. National Gallery of Ireland. Cahill & Co. 1974. Pg 110. Retrieved Mar. 18, 2008.
  3. ^ [1] Morphey at Ricorso.