Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Sculptor, for biography of whom see W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), 468-471, Homan Potterton, Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880 (UAHS, 1975), 47-48, and Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press:  New Haven & London, 2010),90-92. James Heffernan, who was apprenticed to MICHAEL SHANAHAN  MICHAEL SHANAHAN in Cork, went to London to seek his fortune as a sculptor when he was twenty-two. After working briefly in the studio of John Charles Felix Rossi, he became a student at the Royal Academy and entered the studio of FRANCIS CHANTREY FRANCIS CHANTREY , where he remained, apart from a short trip to Rome, until the latter's death in 1841. In about 1843 the collapse of his health forced him to retire to Cork, where he died on 21 October 1847.

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Building: CO. CORK, CORK, DUNBAR STREET, ST FINBARR'S CHURCH (RC, SOUTH PARISH)
Date: 1808?
Nature: Monument to Bishop Florence McCarthy.(JCHAS says he died in 1810). Depicts Death about to strike the Bishop as he administers Last Sacrament ('The Shaft of Death')..
Refs: W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 470; JCHAS (1951), 15; Homan Potterton, Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880 (UAHS, 1975), 48;  Roger Herlihy, A Walk through the South Parish (Cork: Red Abbey Publications, 2010), 78-79(illus.).

Building: CO. CORK, CLOYNE, CATHEDRAL OF ST COLMAN (CI)
Date: 1823p
Nature: Monument to Bishop William Bennett (d.1820), Bishop of Cloyne and vice-president of the British and Foreign Bible Society. Represents an Indian kneeling under a palm tree with his hands clasped on a bible. (According to Lawson, monument was designed by 'Willes' (the Cork painter, William Willes?), but executed by Heffernan.)
Refs: RA 1823 (no. 1126) ('to be erected'); J.P. Lawson, Gazetteer of Ireland (1842); W.G. Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913), I, 470; Homan Potterton, Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880 (UAHS, 1975), 48;  Paula Murphy, Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture:  Native Genius Reaffirmed  (Yale University Press:  New Haven & London, 2010), 91-92(illus.).