Elmore was born at Clonakilty, County Cork on the day of Waterloo June 18th 1815. His father was a retired army surgeon. Elmore came to London at the age of twelve and began drawing from the sculptures in the British Museum and he entered the Royal Academy in 1832. In 1834 he exhibited his first picture at the RA "Subject from an Old Play." From 1833 - 1839 Elmore lived mainly in Paris. In 1840 he studied in Munich and then settled in Rome until 1842. Elmore returned to London and was elected ARA in 1845 and RA in 1857. He exhibited at the RA from 1834 - 1880 and also at the British Institution and almost all of his subjects were from English, French or Italian history and from Shakespeare. Only occasionaly did he attempt scenes from modern life. He was also an excellent watercolourist and was compared to Bonington and Delacroix.
The Deathbed of Robert King of Naples Donated by Major E H Booth and Mr J K Booth on 20/12/1943 in memory of their father, the late Mr. John Booth
Robert, in this painting, is Robert of Anjou (1278 - 1343), known as Robert the Wise. He was King of Naples, titular King of Jerusalem and Count of Provence and Forcalquier from 1309 - 1343, the central figure of Italian politics of his time. He was the third, but eldest, surviving son of King Charles the Second of Naples and Maria of Hungary. During his father's lifetime, he was styled Duke of Calabria (1296 -1309), King Robert and nicknamed "The Peacemaker of Italy" due to the significant changes he made to Naples which went from a dirty seaport to a city of elegance and medieval splendour during his reign. The arts and the university flourished under King Robert's reign and students came from all over Italy to study. Giotto painted several works for him. He was remembered by Petrarch and Boccaccio as a cultured man and a generous patron of the arts.
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