'From Dublin Westward: Petrie, Clonmacnoise and Aran'
WhenWednesday, February 3, 2016, 13:00
Library Lunchtime Lecture by Professor Tom Dunne.
Professor Tom Dunne's lecture accompanies the Library's exhibition 'Views of Dublin: original watercolours by George Petrie, MRIA, 1790-1866'
George Petrie (1790-1866) was a noted Antiquarian, whose detailed recording of medieval ecclesiastical architecture, especially, made him an important figure in the development of what became Irish Archaeology. He was a key figure in the commitment of the Royal Irish Academy to the collection and analysis of antiquities, and this is marked by the current exhibition of his ‘Views of Dublin’. But he was an artist by training, and for decades his main income came from the production of drawings and water-colours of Irish landscapes, many featuring ruins, and mainly for a series of tourist guides. But he was also intensely patriotic, and dedicated to counteracting the negative colonial stereotype of Ireland and its people. This talk will explore how he combined his antiquarian, artistic and commercial interests in a series of patriotic drawings and water-colours of Clonmacnoise and Aran. These came initially from a trip westward in 1821, ‘in search of the ancient and the picturesque’, as he told the publisher, J.N.Brewer, then preparing a guide called, The Beauties of Ireland.
Speaker: Tom Dunne, Professor Emeritus of History, University College Cork, has published widely on Irish culture and politics, focussing mainly in recent decades on Irish art from Barry to Maclise. He has co-curated a number of major exhibitions at the Crawford Art Gallery Cork, and contributed an essay to its 2004 catalogue, George Petrie (1790-1866): The Rediscovery of Ireland’s past, edited by Peter Murray.
Listen back to Professor Dunne's lecture here
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