Born deaf at Cork; early education unknown; attended the Royal Academy School of Art 1781-1783 until inheriting his father's estate.Studied art in Europe, staying in Rome for a time and doing portraits of British patrons there. Was also an archaeologic excavator, searching ancient Roman ruins for artworks that he then sold. Married into a wealthy Italian family 1790, but his hearing first wife died in 1800. Had a second marriage to another wealthy hearing woman just 6 weeks later. Appointed British Consul-General for Sicily and Malta in 1809. Began to suffer financial difficulties and health problems in early 1816, and committed suicide by throwing himself out of his apartment window.
Deaf Lives, p.61.
5 March 1761-26 August 1816