In the always excellent Dublin Inquirer newspaper this week I was delighted to read a report on how Dublin City Council (DCC) is (at last) trying to find a new use for both the beautiful old 1700s Pigeon House Hotel near Ringsend, and for the huge derelict Poolbeg power station next door. Both buildings stand… Read More Stretching the City & Into the Bay – new life for old Pigeon Hotel & former Poolbeg Power Station?
John Rocque’s famed map of Dublin (detail above) is a genuine work of genius, and one of the best maps made of any city in 18th century Europe. Today it forms a superb and indispensable resource for anyone interested in Dublin, its streets, buildings its religious, cultural, social or political history. Just one example of… Read More Rocque’s map, that endless treasure trove.
Had to show you this. It’s what is known as a diorama of course, showing the vast sweep of the Grand Canyon. I spotted it recently in the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany, (where they really go in for large, highly detailed model-making in a big way. You’ll see that the clever artists who made… Read More Panoramas; Dioramas and Tableau. Munich to Moscow, Dublin to the USA.
Dublin is blessed to have a number of outstanding historic libraries, jammed with literary and scholastic treasures hidden within. The superb (or rather sublime) Long Room of Trinity College, with its wonderful collection of sculpture busts, is only the best known one. (Archbishop Narcissus) Marsh’s Library, established 1701 at Saint Patrick’s cathedral is of course… Read More Dublin’s Historic Libraries & the Edmund Worth collection, at Dr Steevens’ Hospital.
As an addendum to that last post on the old Library and scrumptious Long Room of Trinity College: a quick respectful nod today, to these lovely sculptural Busts that line the Long Room. Oh, these photos are my own, so if you “borrow” them, no problem for non-commercial purposes but please provide a photo credit, and a… Read More The Pantheon in the Library- the Sculpture Busts of Long Room Trinity College, Dublin
Today the most visible and indeed picturesque section of the Barrington collection lines the walls on the first floor of the Natural History Museum in Dublin. It sits demurely, modestly, not vying for attention, just behind the African buffalo, Peruvian sloth, a modest, almost calming backdrop to all the bears and lions. In their neat… Read More The Barrington Collection.
The Natural History Museum was founded in 1856, It was constructed to accommodate the large collections of bird, animal and geological specimens belonging to the Royal Dublin Society, the RDS. For overseas readers, the RDS by the way, is a venerable and prestigious institution dedicated to the promotion of learning industry, agriculture, arts and scholarship,… Read More The Dead Zoo
Our first exhibit. The church of Saint Suplice, is enormous, the second largest in Paris and only fractionally smaller than the city cathedral Notre Dame. Saint Suplice boasts many fine memorials and artworks, including some works by Eugene Delacroix such as Jacob Wresting the Angel. However, following the publication of the truely awful da Vinci… Read More St Suplice: working out the Equinox, & walking to the metre.