Kate Dobbin

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Kate Dobbin
Kate Wise

Bristol, England
Died 1955 (aged 86-87)
Cork, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Education Crawford Municipal School of Art
Known for Painting
Spouse(s) Alfred Graham Dobbin

Kate Dobbin RHA (1868–1955) was an English artist who specialised in impressionistic watercolours of Irish country scenes and still lives of flowers.[1]


Dobbin was born Kate Wise in Bristol, England in 1868. She moved to Cork in 1887, where she met and married Cork's High Sheriff and merchant, Alfred Graham Dobbin. Dobbin studied at the Crawford Municipal School of Art from 1891 to 1895 under the tuition Harry Scully. Dobbin died in the South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital, Cork in 1955.[2][3]

Artistic work

Dobbins' impressionistic style has been compared to that of Rose Maynard Barton.[1] From 1894 to 1947, she contributed more than 100 artworks to the Royal Hibernian Academy's Annual Exhibition in Dublin. Her speciality was landscapes of County Cork and Connemara, but she also produced flower paintings and a small number of portraits. Water Colour Society of Ireland exhibited her work from 1899 until her death. Her work was also exhibited by the Munster Fine Art Club and the Fine Art Society in London. Dobbin suffered with severe arthritis, but continued to paint into her 80s.[2]

Dobbin's work was not only of rural landscapes, but also the streets, the rivers and estuaries of Cork city. Dobbin and her husband Sir Alfred Dobbin are both represented in the collection of the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, Ireland.[3]


  1. ^ a b Butler, Patricia A. (1990). Three Hundred Years of Irish Watercolours and Drawings. London: Phoenix Illustrated. p. 157. ISBN 0753802066.
  2. ^ a b "Biographies of 19th Century Irish Artists (A-G): Lady Kate Dobbin (Flower Painter, Landscapes) (1868-1955)". Visual Artists Cork. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Lady Kate Dobbin 1868–1955 Irish School". Crawford Art Gallery. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
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