John Doyle

(1797 - 1868)



A caricaturist, well-known as 'H.B.,' was born in Dublin in 1797. At an early age he studied under an Italian landscape painter named Gabrielli, and also became a student in the Dublin Society's Drawing Academy and a pupil of Comerford. About 1822 he came to London, where, not succeeding very well as a portrait painter, he produced by lithography, and published, likenesses of the leading men of the day; among others the Duke of Wellington on a white charger, and the Duke of York. From this time he chiefly employed himself in producing caricatures of leading members of Parliament, under the initials 'H.B.' His death occurred in London in 1868. His political portraits, though caricatures, were always treated with a gentlemanly feeling, never descending to coarseness or vulgarity. The original sketches for 610 out of the 917 to which they amounted are in the British Museum. A portrait of Christopher Moore by Doyle is in the National Gallery of Ireland.

[Bryan's dictionary of painters and engravers, 1903] div