Robert James Enraght MOONY

Robert James Enraght MOONY RBA
aka Enraght Moony

Born at the Doone, Athlone, his father was Lord Lieutenant of Athlone. He was educated at Galway Grammar School and Kingsley College, in Devon. Initially he studied modelling at Leeds but became dissatisfied with the limitations of the medium and abandoned it for paint. At Julian's Academy, Paris he studied under Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant. He then went on a painting tour taking in Barcelona, Majorca, Venice and Verona where, according to historian of Irish arts and crafts, Nicola Gordon Bowe, he appears to have come under the influence of the Italian Symbolist painter Giovanni Segantini, before returning to live in London.

After his marriage in 1927 he moved to live at Chalcot Studios, Mount Hawke, Truro, although he retained a London home and he exhibited with STISA at Lanham's that same year. In 1936 he held a solo show at No 6, Piazza Studios, and a joint show with Ruth DAVENPORT the following year. He moved to Newlyn some eight years prior to his death in 1946, though he had exhibited at NAG sporadically since at least 1929, perhaps earlier.


Landscapes in tempera and watercolour, imaginative art, sculpture

works and access

Access to Works: Chicago Fine Arts


NEA (20); RA (26); RBA (55); etc.

Piazza Studio 1909, St Ives: One man show of 23 tempera works;

Lanham's Galleries 1927;

NAG 1929 Summer: 3 paintings

1937 (with Ruth Davenport)

STISA, 1932, 1945 Touring Shows


NSA; Sheffield Society of Artists (Hon); STISA (1928-1946); RBA (1912)


Buckman (2006) Artists/Britain since 1945

Cornishman & Cornish Telegraph 10 Jul 1929

Hardie (2009) Artists/Newlyn & West Cornwall p242 (bibl)

Johnson & Greutzner

Tovey (2000) GF Bradshaw & STISA, Appendix 3: Principal Members of STISA (1927-1960); (2003) Creating a Splash

Whybrow (1994) St Ives (1921-1939 list)