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after the picture by Sir George Hayter, and ‘The Christening of the Princess Royal,’ after Charles Robert Leslie, R.A., the engraving of which procured for him the honorary appointment of historical engraver to the queen. He likewise engraved ‘Christopher Columbus at the Convent of La Rabida,’ after Sir David Wilkie, R.A.; ‘The Blind Girl at the Holy Well,’ after Sir Frederick W. Burton, the first publication of the Royal Irish Art Union; ‘Landais Peasants going to Market’ and ‘Changing Pasture,’ after Rosa Bonheur; ‘The Death of a Stag,’ ‘The Combat,’ ‘The Fight for the Standard,’ ‘Just Caught,’ and ‘Dogs and their Game’ (a series of six plates), after Richard Ansdell, R.A.; ‘The Halt’ and ‘The Keeper's Daughter,’ after R. Ansdell, R.A., and W. P. Frith, R.A.; ‘The Pursuit of Pleasure’ and ‘Home! The Return from the Crimea,’ after Sir Joseph Noel Paton, R.S.A.; ‘Knox administering the first Protestant Sacrament in Scotland,’ after William Bonnar, R.S.A.; ‘Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales,’ after Robert Thorburn, A.R.A.; ‘The Princess Helena and Prince Alfred,’ after F. Winterhalter; ‘Adam and Eve’ (‘The Temptation and the Fall’), after Claude Marie Dubufe; ‘Devotion,’ after Édouard Frère; ‘A Duel after a Bal Masqué,’ after Jean Léon Gérôme; ‘The Prayer,’ after Jean Baptiste Jules Trayer; and the following, among other plates, after Sir Edwin Landseer, R.A.: ‘There's Life in the Old Dog yet,’ ‘The Reaper,’ ‘The Dairy Maid,’ ‘The Deerstalker's Return,’ ‘A Highland Interior,’ ‘Waiting for the Deer to rise,’ ‘Coming Events,’ and ‘The Hawking Party,’ from Sir Walter Scott's novel ‘The Betrothed.’ He engraved also Sir William Charles Ross's miniatures of Queen Victoria and the prince consort, and several other portraits. He painted occasionally in oils, and exhibited in 1846 at the Society of British Artists ‘Waiting for an Answer,’ and at the Royal Academy ‘A Reverie’ in 1852, and ‘The Crochet Lesson’ in 1859.

Ryall died at his residence at Cookham, Berkshire, on 14 Sept. 1867.

[Gent. Mag. 1867, ii. 683; Athenæum, 1867, ii. 368; Art Journal, 1867, p. 249; Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers, ed. Graves and Armstrong, 1886–9, ii. 431; Redgrave's Dictionary of Artists of the English School, 1878.]

R. E. G.

RYAN, DANIEL FREDERICK (1762?–1798), Irish loyalist, born about 1762, was the son of Dr. Ryan of Wexford and Mary, daughter of William Morton of Ballinaclash, co. Wexford. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin, and afterwards entered the army as surgeon in the 103rd regiment, commanded by Sir Ralph Abercromby [q. v.] On the reduction of that regiment in 1784 he married Catherine Bishopp of Kinsale, co. Cork, and obtained an appointment as editor of the ‘Dublin Journal,’ one of the chief government papers, of which his uncle by marriage, John Giffard, was proprietor. In this way he was brought into close relations with Lord Castlereagh and under-secretary Edward Cooke [q. v.] He was soon noted for his loyalty, and, having raised the St. Sepulchre's yeomanry corps, of which he was captain, he was frequently employed in assisting town-majors Henry Charles Sirr [q. v.] and Swan in the execution of their police duties (cf. Castlereagh Corresp. i. 464). He was instrumental in capturing William Putnam m'Cabe [q. v.] (cf. Auckland Corresp. iii. 413), and at Cooke's request he consented to help Sirr and Swan on 19 May 1798 in arresting Lord Edward Fitzgerald [q. v.] Arrived at Murphy's house in Thomas Street, where Fitzgerald lay in hiding, Major Sirr, with eight men, remained below with his men to guard the exits and to prevent a rescue, while Ryan and Swan searched the house. It was Swan who first entered the apartment where Fitzgerald lay, but the details of the conflict that ensued are rather confused, some claiming for Swan an equal if not a greater share than Ryan in the capture of Fitzgerald, while others attribute his capture solely to the bravery of Ryan. On a careful comparison of the authorities, and with due regard to the testimony of Ryan's family, it would appear that Swan, having been slightly, but, as he believed, mortally, wounded by Fitzgerald, hastily retired to seek assistance, leaving Ryan, who entered at that moment, alone with Fitzgerald. Though possessing no more formidable weapon than a sword-cane, which bent harmlessly against him, Ryan at once grappled with him, while Fitzgerald, enraged at finding his escape thus barred, inflicted on him fourteen severe wounds with his dagger. When Sirr appeared, and with a shot from his pistol wounded Fitzgerald in the right arm, and thus terminated the unequal struggle, Ryan presented a pitiable spectacle. He was at once removed to a neighbouring house, and, though at first hopes were given of his recovery (ib. iii. 415), he expired of his wounds on 30 May 1798. Before his death he gave an account of the scene to a relative, who committed it to writing, and it is still in the possession of his descendants. He was buried on 2 June, his funeral being attended by a large concourse of citizens, including his own yeomanry corps. He left a wife and three young children. His widow received a