My grandmother’s brother, my grand or great uncle depending on who you ask, was an artist. He was born in London, following his parents’ move from Dublin, Ireland, in 1882 or so as the 1901 census lists him as being 19. The firstborn of nine children, his name was Matthew Deegan, after his father, making him Matthew Deegan Junior. Other than the fact he eventually married a woman by the name of May, and had two daughters, Eileen and Mary, little is known of Matt.
I have documented some of his mail art in several other posts that can be accessed here. Below are a few of his paintings that have been handed down within the family.
Curious duck that I am, I’m trying to find out information regarding Matt and his family, but have not come up with anything thus far. If, by chance, you know anything about him or his art I’d love to hear from you!