Thomas Kirk, British, 1781-1845
Title: Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805-1865), Mathematician and Astronomer Royal in Ireland
Date: 1830
Medium: Marble
66 x 47 x 26 cm
Signed: 1830 T. KIRK R.H.A. FECIT
Credit Line: Purchased, 1982
Object Number: NGI.8260
Exhibition HistoryTrove, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, 3 December 2014 - 8 March 2015
Label TextHamilton, a prodigious mathematician, was appointed Andrews Professor of Astronomy at Trinity College, Dublin, at the age of twenty-two. He later became ‘royal astronomer of Ireland’. He studied under Bartholomew Lloyd, of whom Kirk also produced a bust. The sculptures are contemporaneous, but differ in style. While Lloyd, dressed casually, appears rather bohemian, Hamilton is presented in classical garb.