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More Gabriel Beranger antiquarian watercolours deposited at the DRI and The Watercolour World

14 April 2023

New images from the Royal Irish Academy Library’s Beranger collection of eighteenth-century watercolour drawings are now preserved digitally.

A collection of 96 antiquarian watercolour drawings of the principal antique buildings of Ireland by Gabriel Beranger of castles, monasteries and landscapes from various Irish counties dated approx. 1770-1799 (RIA MS 3 C 30) are now available to view on the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and The Watercolour World websites:

In addition to his own original works, Beranger also made copies of works by other artists. Such albums of antiquities, depicting picturesque ruined castles and friaries, would have been popular additions to the libraries of the gentry in the late eighteenth century.

Beranger’s Irish antiquarian drawings record many buildings that no longer survive, while others have been restored since the mid nineteenth century. His sketches are a record of the appearance and condition of those antiquities as they existed in the second half of the eighteenth century.

These additional drawings – now preserved for long-term access – complement two smaller post-card sized albums previously published online entitled ‘Rambles through the county of Dublin ...’ (MS 3 C 31 and MS 3 C 32) depicting Dublin scenes and illustrations of scenery and monuments from Mayo, Meath and Wicklow.

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