Sarah Purser


Sarah PURSER (1848–1943) was born in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, and educated in Switzerland. She studied at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin and then in Paris. She first exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA) in 1880, and throughout her long career was a regular contributor to the RHA exhibitions. Through her friendship with the Gore-Booth family she obtained commissions for portraits in London, which were hung at the Royal Academy. In 1903 she founded the stained­ glass studio, An Túr Gloine, (the Tower of Glass) at 24 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin, which remained open until 1944. In 1924 she founded the Friends of the National Collections and some years later was mainly responsible for securing Charlemont House, Parnell Square, as the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art. She continued to paint until she was well over eighty. She died in Dublin in 1943.
One window by Purser can be found in Mayo in Christ Church, Castlebar.

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