Nassau Blair Browne RHA was born in Co Kilkenny in 1867 and educated privately, before travelling to London to study at the Slade School of Fine Art and later at an English School of Animal Painting, directed by W F Calderon. He was closely associated with the Royal Hibernian Academy for many years, becoming a full member in 1903 and serving as Secretary of the RHA from 1911 to 1924. It was during this period that the Academy’s building was destroyed by fire in 1916. In addition, he was a Governor of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1918 to 1924. He exhibited occasionally at the Royal Academy in London and made his name as an Animal Painter, well known in Dublin and in the period between 1894 and 1940 he was a constant exhibitor at the Royal Hibernian Academy.