Born in Bridge Street, Lisburn, McCloy trained initially at the Belfast Government School of Art and Design. He won a scholarship to London and then obtained his first post in 1854 at Waterford School of Art. He moved to Belfast in 1874 where he worked as a freelance illustrator for various companies, including the publisher, Marcus Ward. In 1884 he moved permanently to London and continued to exhibit there until his death. This major work presents a highly romantic view of peasant life and was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1873. The scene is one of innocence and gaiety, which was commercially successful among the sentimental Victorian picture-buying public.
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Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
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