John Byrne CPE, born in Ireland, he came to Canada at the age of 13 and started his formal art training at 17 under John Russell. Then under John Phillips and also in the United States under Norman Rockwell. His landscape paintings were decorative realistic in style and his etchings are well known. He traveled in western Canada and painted the Rockies and did creditable figure work. A member of the Society of Canadian Painter-Etchers & Engravers he resided in Toronto. William Colgate referred to his etchings of figure studies as having been done with finished artistry.
Sourced from A Dictionary of Canadian Artists, volumes 1-8 by Colin S. MacDonald, and volume 9 (online only), by Anne Newlands and Judith Parker. National Gallery of Canada / Musée des beaux-arts du Canada