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Crone
Crone
Robert Crone, Mid-C18-1779
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Born in Dublin, Crone first worked as a portraitist having been a pupil of Robert Hunter. He then went to Rome as a young man, where he studied under Wilson. 'His progress in art, was greatly impeded by the melancholy state of his health, for, at the age of fifteen, he had an epileptic seizure, which materially injured his form: he had no return of this complaint until fifteen years afterwards, when, in the Barbarini [sic] palace at Rome, he fell down in a second fit from a scaffold, on which he was elevated, to copy a picture; from this time, his fits continued at intervals, until the fatal one, which put a period to his existence. He died in London in the early part of the year 1779.
He was of a remarkably good temper, and most excellent character.
His pictures are not very numerous, but there are some in the Royal Collection. He also executed many drawings in black and white chalks, upon a glue-grey Roman paper.' [Edwards 1808, p. 59]
Crone exhibited landscapes at the Royal Academy 1770-1778; many of his entries were drawings.
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