Born Henry Thaddeus Jones in 1859, he entered the Cork School of Art when he was ten years old. There he studied under the genre painter James Brenan. Thaddeus won the Taylor Prize in 1878 enabling him to go to London, and then again in 1879 enabling him to continue his studies in Paris at the Académie Julian. His first major painting (illustration, right) was hung "on the line" (at eye-level) at the Paris Salon of 1881.
He received two papal portrait commissions (for Pope Pius X), and became a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He received several other portrait commissions, and his autobiography was titled Recollections of a Court Painter, which he wrote during his retirement in California.
Julian Campbell became interested in Jones, and other mid-to-late-century Irish artists, and assembled the "Irish Impressionists" exhibition in 1984 at the National Gallery of Ireland. Many of the artists exhibited, like Thaddeus, were not however strictly Impressionists.
Henry Jones Thaddeus; analysis of "The Wounded Poacher"
Brendan Rooney, 2003. Henry Jones Thaddeus (Peter Murray) ISBN 1-85182-692-0 Reviewed