Active: 1850 - 1900
Country of birth and death: England
Sculptor, church decorator, marble merchant
Came to Ireland in the 1850s as a stoneworker from an artisan family in Bloomsbury. Settled in Dublin. In partnership with 'O'Neill, Patrick J.' from 1873-1886, when this business relationship was dissolved, Pearse took a new business partner,'Sharpe, Edmund', a former employee of 'P.J.O'Neill'.
James Pearse was also father of 'Mac Piarais, William', sculptor, who was shot in 1916 for his involvement in the Easter Rising, along with his brother Padraig - one of the signatories to the 'Proclamation of Independence'.
James Pearse died in 1900 and the firm 'Pearse and Sons' was carried on by Willie and Padraig until 1910.
Institutional and Business Connections
In partnership with P. J. O' Neill & Co.
Managing director of James Pearse and Sons
1850 - 1900
Partner in Pearse and Sharp
Personal and Professional Connections
Mother/father/parent of William MacPiarais (Pearse)
Descriptions of Practice
Citing this record
'James Pearse', Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951, University of Glasgow History of Art and HATII, online database 2011 [http://sculpture.gla.ac.uk/view/person.php?id=msib3_1209499678, accessed 31 Jul 2015]