Artist biography

CHARLES COLLINS c. 1680–1744

Painter of still-life and, in Vertue's phrase, ‘all sorts of Birds & Game & Fowls’. Born in Ireland, and active in Dublin; described as ‘an Irish master’ in the catalogue of the sale of the collection of Sir Gustavus Hume in Dublin, May 1786. Painted numerous large studies of birds in watercolour and body-colour, some of which were engraved. Vertue describes his manner as ‘tolerable free & masterly’, and notes a large picture of birds and hares which includes Collins's ‘own portrait with his hat on - leaning on one side of the picture’ (present location unknown).

Published in:
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988