Beranger's Views of Irelandby Peter Harbison
A selection of 47 watercolour sketches by Gabriel Beranger are published here alongside an informative text by Peter Harbison. Gabriel Beranger (1729-1817) was a Huguenot artist and antiquarian. Sir William Wilde wrote of him that "No one of his time could draw an old castle, a cromlech, or a round tower better". With famous Irish historical sites such as Bective Abbey, Glendalough, Blarney Castle and Mount Venus Dolmen re-imagined here, these colour drawings open up vistas of Ireland which had been hidden from view since the 18th century.
About the authors
Dr. Peter Harbison is the Honorary Academic Editor in the Academy. He studied first in Dublin, where he was born, and later in Freiburg, Kiel and Marburg, where he got his Dr. Phil. in 1964. After a year-long tour around the Mediterranean on a German Travelling Scholarship, his working life was spent with Bord Fáilte, the Irish Tourist Board, as archaeologist and editor of the international journal Ireland of the Welcomes. His publications range widely on Irish art and archaeology from prehistory to the present. His 36 books include Guide to the National Monuments of Ireland, The High Crosses of Ireland, The Golden Age of Irish Art, Ireland's Treasures - 5000 years of artistic expression, William Burton Conyngham and his Irish circle of Antiquarian artists and, most recently, Henry O'Neill of the Celtic cross. Dr. Harbison is Professor of Archaeology and Honorary Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin, Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland and Corresponding Member of the German Archaeological Institute.
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