Atkins, James

Grave position details

Zone V
Row 12
Position 25
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General description

Son of James Atkins who came from Stranraer and settled in Belfast where, in Back Lane, off Princess Street, he carried on business as a coach painter and house painter, and died in 1828, aged 70.

His son James was born in Belfast in 1799, and as a boy assisted his father in his heraldic painting. On the foundation of the Belfast Academical Institution in 1814, he entered the drawing class, taught by Gaetano Fabbrini, and after studying there for four years he gained the prize medal in 1818 for portrait painting in oil. His pictures were exhibited in the Institution and attracted the attention of Mrs. Batt of Purdysburn, the Marquis of Downshire, and the Marquis of Londonderry, and by their aid he was sent to study in Italy in 1819.

He pursued his studies with unwearying earnestness and devotion, and became known amongst his fellow artists in Rome as a young painter of much ability and promise. He spent thirteen years studying and copying the Old Masters in Venice, Florence, and Rome, and sent pictures to the exhibitions of the Royal Academy in London in 1831 and 1833.

At the end of the year 1832 he went to Constantinople to paint a portrait of the Sultan, and then set out to return to his native country; but at Malta, while undergoing quarantine, he was attacked by pulmonary consumption and died at Valetta in December, 1833. The year following his death the pictures which he had collected and painted in Italy were brought to Belfast and were sold by auction in March, 1835. Among them was his copy of Titian’s “Peter Martyr“, twenty-two feet high, which now hangs in the Queen’s College, Belfast; and a “Head of a Greek Girl,” now belonging to Miss Mulholland in Belfast.


Personal information

James Atkins was born in Belfast, Ireland, on 01/01/1799. Worked as Painter and died on 01/12/1833. Burial by this cemetery dates back to 1833 (cenotafio). 

More details

Notes about this person:

Erected in his honor there is the sepulchral monument without the mortal remains of James Atkins.
He died in La Valletta, Malta.

The complete guide to find a grave

All the graves of the Non-Catholic Cemetery can be located through the position details that can be read within each single buried person’s page or gravestone’s page itself.

Exact position can be located by 4 simple fields: The Area (Zona), The quarter (Riquadro), The Row (Fila) and The Position (Posizione).


The Areas (Zona)

The Non-Catholic cemetery of Rome is composed by 5 large areas. All areas are bounded by walkable paths, so they are very easy to locate.

ATTENTION: We gently remind to all visitors that the Antica(A) area is a flat and grassy garden, and the graves are scattered in a very informal fashion. Furthermore we suggest you to exclusively refer to the walk’s map and also to the photo of the gravestone to locate the exact position.


The quarter* (Riquadro) *valid only for the Terza Zona (3)

The quarter is strictly related to the Terza Zona of the cemetery.

This area is divided into 4 quadrants numbered as shown in this map.

Only the graves in the Terza Zona will have the quarter indicated in the position information.

The field that represent the quarter will be empty/not visible in each other grave except the graves in the Terza Zona.

Please note that to identify any tomb it is always possible to refer to the walk’s map and to the photo of the grave.





The Row (Fila) 

The graves in the cemetery are mostly laid out in ordered rows.

Only the Zona Antica(A) and the tombs along the walls, for example ossuaries, are an exception.

In order to count the row number it is necessary to recognize the lower part of the cemetery as a reference. The Non-Catholic cemetery in fact extends over a slight slope (except for the Zona Antica which is flat but does not have rows).

The first row will always be the one at the lowest level compared to the others.

Once the first row is identified it will be easy to count all the others rows.



The Position (Posizione)

It is used to locate the grave within the reference row.

The position can be identified by counting the graves from left to right.

The count must be made always starting from the left end of the area where the tomb is located.