Michael Angelo Hayes, RHA (1820-1877)
He was born in Waterford on 25th July, 1820, the son of Edward Hayes (q.v.). He was instructed in art by his father, and at an early age had gained considerable reputation by his pictures and drawings of horses and military subjects. He made his first appearance as an exhibitor at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1837 as "Master Hayes"; and again contributed in 1840 and the two following years. In 1842 he was appointed Military Painter-in-ordinary to the Lord Lieutenant. For the next few years he was mostly in London, and exhibited at the New Society of Painters in Watercolours, of which he became an Associate in 1848, and in that year made his only contribution to the Royal Academy. Settling again in Dublin he resumed exhibiting in the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1853, and on the 9th of April was elected an Associate. He became a full Member on 13th October, 1854, and was elected Secretary on 5th March, 1856.