JAMES LATHAM 1696–1747
Portrait painter, born in Co. Tipperary, probably a member of the now extinct family of Lathams of Meldrum and Ballysheehan. Educated in Antwerp, where he became a Master of the Guild of St Luke 1724–5. Said to have returned to Dublin by 1725, and probably visited England in the 1740s, as the influence of Highmore is very noticeable in his work of this period. Died in Dublin 26 January 1747.
LITERATURE W.G. Strickland, Dictionary of Irish Artists, 1913; A. Crookshank & the Knight of Glin, The Painters of Ireland c. 1660–1920, 1978, pp.38–44
EXHIBITIONS Irish Portraits 1660–1860, exh. cat., Dublin, London, Belfast, 1969–70
Elizabeth Einberg and Judy Egerton, The Age of Hogarth: British Painters Born 1675-1709, Tate Gallery Collections, II, London 1988