a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.

Many thanks to the friend who sent us this extraordinary re-discovered film footage of Queen Victoria (1819-1901) visiting Ireland back in 1900,  that Queen’s last-ever visit to this country. As a recent article on the British Heritage Travel website makes clear, the Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, says that “in 1939, it received “a… Read More a long lost film, and our Victorian architecture walking tour.

We completed our last tour of the year, for TBG+S, just 10 days ago, and our last public tour of the year,  for our Dublin Decoded newsletter subscribers, around a month back,  with our Monto tour. Now that it’s all over for another year, we thought it might be interesting to look back, enjoy and… Read More

Mecklinburgh; Tyrone; Waterford; and gone – stories of change in Dublin city

In John Rocque’s famous 1756 map of Dublin , we can see Luke Gardiner the elder’s new Sackville St, with his “Gardiner’s Mall”  in the centre.   It was where O’Connell St Upper is today (Running North from Earl St to Parnell St)  It did not run south of Earl St.  There instead, was a much… Read More Mecklinburgh; Tyrone; Waterford; and gone – stories of change in Dublin city

2 last public tours of 2018: (1) River/Canal, this Saturday 20/10 and Monto, Thurs, 8 Nov.

Our next public walking tour, and our penultimate is coming up very soon, this Saturday:  River, Port, Dock, Canal, on Saturday 20th October,  13.00-15.00  (starts 1pm)  Details below. We will meet 1pm sharp at, and begin from, the Triumphal Arch outside the CHQ building in the IFSC are.  Then go walking east along the river,… Read More 2 last public tours of 2018: (1) River/Canal, this Saturday 20/10 and Monto, Thurs, 8 Nov.

Visual sources for understanding Parnell (Rutland) Square & area, 1756 onward

It is hoped this little essay and in particular some of the maps and images here help some readers gain an enhanced understanding of the development of Rutland (now Parnell) Square in the 18th century, and the central part the Lying-In hospital, philanthropy and the arts played in that development. As you see on the… Read More Visual sources for understanding Parnell (Rutland) Square & area, 1756 onward

Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison, reviewed

Dublin: The Story of a City The publication of any book of drawings by Stephen Conlin is something of an event for any student of our capital city.  This book is particularly welcome, bringing together as it does most of the artist’s most important Dublin drawings, made in a long career stretching well over 30… Read More Dublin: The Story of a City by Stephen Conlin and Peter Harbison, reviewed

“Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland” at Dublin’s splendid Central Assembly House, an exhibition and a walking tour this week!

above  “the Abduction of Parolles’, Francis Wheatley (1747-1801). Private collection “Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland” at Dublin’s splendid Central Assembly House,  an exhibition and a walking tour,  this week! I’m delighted to be leading 4 tours for the Irish Georgian Society (IGS) over the next 3 or 4  weeks. Two of these events are architectural… Read More “Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland” at Dublin’s splendid Central Assembly House, an exhibition and a walking tour this week!