J. P. Nannetti and the Lord Mayor’s
U 11.185-6: […] Ceppi’s virgins, bright of their oils. Nannetti’s father hawked
those things about, wheedling at doors as I.
Marie Coleman in her article on Joseph Patrick
Nannetti in the Dictionary
of Irish Biography claims
that his father was Giacomo Nannetti, sculptor and modeller, of 6 Great
Tempting though this assumption is – Giacomo from
Lucca in Italy had a flourishing business as a statuary manufacturer with
branches in Dublin, Belfast and Glasgow - it turns out to be wrong. As
genealogical sources and other documentary evidence show, Nannetti’s father was
in fact Giacomo’s Italian-born nephew Giuseppe (Joseph),1 who married Bridget Dempsey on 15 March 1850 in St.
Andrew’s, Westland Row. Their first son, Joseph Patrick, the later MP and Lord
Mayor of Dublin, was born on 19 March 1851. After Giacomo’s death in the autumn
of 1853 Joseph Patrick’s father Giuseppe was entrusted with liquidating the business
in Glasgow where Giacomo had spent the last five years of his life. Giuseppe
had run the Dublin business for his uncle Giacomo before this. Unfortunately,
Giuseppe himself died only two years later in 1855, and the business was wound
up by 1859.
of Fine Arts, No. 6 Great Brunswick Street
Henry Shaw's Dublin Pictorial Guide &
Considering that Bloom was born eleven years after the
death of Nannetti’s father his memory of Giuseppe hawking about religious statues
is entirely fictional.
Joseph Patrick Nannetti stated that his father was Joseph Nannetti when he in turn was married in 1873.