The Irish composer Samuel Lover was also known as a writer and as a painter. He wrote the text to his own opera “Grana Uile, or the The Island Queen” (premiered 9 February 1839 in Dublin). He also painted a miniature of Paganini in 1832. From 1835 he settled in London as a miniature painter. After his eyesight began to fail him, he started touring with a successful musical entertainment, called “Irish Evenings”, in Enlend, Scotland, Wales and even the USA (1846).