John Butts

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John Butts (died 1764) was an Irish landscape painter.


Butts was born and educated in Cork, Ireland, He painted landscapes somewhat in the style of Claude Lorrain, [1] and worked as an art teacher, his pupils in Cork including James Barry.[2] In around 1757, at the age of about 30, he moved to Dublin, where he continued to work as a landscape and figure painter, and was also employed as a scene-painter at the Crow Street Theatre.[3]

He spent much of his life in poverty.[3] Barry, in a letter written soon after Butts' death, described him as "an unfortunate man, who with all his merit never met with any thing but cares and misery, which I may say hunted him into the very grave. His cast of genius was very much that of Claude's, whom he resembles without any imitation more than anybody that I know of".[4]

He died in 1764.[3]


  1. ^ Bryan 1886.
  2. ^ "James Barry RA". Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 18 December 2010.
  3. ^ a b c Strickland 1913.
  4. ^ Letter from James Barry to Joseph Fenn Sleigh, published in "The works of James Barry, Esq: historical painter". London: T. Cadell and W. Davies. 1809. pp. 20–1.



  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Butts, John". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.