Shee was born in Dublin; he studied and painted portraits there until 1788 when he moved to London. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1790 and was made President of the Academy in 1830, in succession to Lawrence. Shee also produced poems and other literary work.
This person is the subject of ongoing research. We have started by researching their relationship to the enslavement of people.
Irish portrait painter and fifth president of the Royal Academy.
National Gallery Trustee (1831–1850).
Martin Archer Shee’s sitters included owners of enslaved persons, e.g., John Cust, 1st Earl of Brownlow (National Trust, Belton House; q.v. Adelbert Wellington Brownlow Cust) and A.G. Storer (Museo Nacional del Prado).
Martin Archer Shee’s sitters included abolitionists, e.g., William Roscoe (Walker Art Gallery).
History of Parliament Trust (ed.), The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, London 1964-, https://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/
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R. Simon, 'Shee, Sir Martin Archer', in C. Matthew et al. (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford 1992-, https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/25284
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