John Hogan

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John Hogan was one of the most important Irish sculptors of the 19th century . He was born at Tullow, Co. Waterford in 1800. When he was a teenager, he worked in an architect's office in Cork. It was here that he first started to sculpt. One of his first carvings was of leaves in wood. This was put on the shop-front.

Hogan studied at the School of Art in Cork. In 1823 he went to Rome to study. He spent twenty four years in Italy. He married an Italian, Cornelia Bevignani, in 1837. They had eleven children. One of his sons, John Valentine also became an artist.

Some of Hogan's most famous sculptures are Shepard Boy and The Drunken Faun. The Drunken Faun is in the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork. Another sculpture, Elizabeth Farrell Monument, is in St Andrews Church on Westland Row, Dublin.


There was unrest in Rome in 1848. Hogan decided to move back to Ireland. However, Ireland was still getting over the Great Famine. Hogan did not find as much work as he had hoped. He died in March 1858.