I occasionally write about Fine Art here, but very rarely my own output. i don’t draw as much as i used to, it is more of a hobby than an obsession these days. Also, when you sometimes have to write about a towering genius like Johannes Vermeer, or any of the great Dutch, Flemish or… Read More for Ease of Navigation: a practical suggestion for architects, planners, builders & developers.
Once again this year I’m delighted and honoured to be leading a number of summer city walking tours for the venerable Irish Georgian Society. When are they? First walk each runs on the first Wednesday afternoon of June, then the first Wednesday of July, then finally of August. All are on a Wednesday, the first… Read More summer Wednesday walks for Irish Georgian Society
There are 6 or 7 tickets left for our next Dublin history and architecture walk which takes place very soon, afternoon of Wednesday 26th October (2016). It starts 2.15pm, meeting at the Campanile of Trinity College. (Meet from 2.05PM, please present tickets, walk departs 2.15 sharp.) The tour goes for around 1 hour and 45… Read More South City Stroll- a Dublin Decoded mystery tour, Wed 26th Oct.
I am unable to resist posting a few photos, showing some of my own highlights Open House Dublin 2106.. Saturday: First to the lovely Art Deco Kodak factory in Rathmines. (original building 1930, by Donnelly, Moore and Keatinge) Unfortunately access was unexpectedly denied for the planned tour on Saturday morning of the interior. But we still… Read More My highlights Open House Dublin 2106
Killarney & Tullamore as Paris & Rome: Frank Gibney’s Grand city plans. A quick mention for this superb talk (Thursday 21st January) given at the Irish Architectural Archives (Merrion Square) by Fergal MacCabe, on surprising aspects in the work of Frank Gibney. Frank Gibney 1905-1978. Gibney was a well known and successful architect. During the… Read More the Grand Dreams of Frank Gibney: a talk at the AAI
Our next Dublin Decoded public walking tour runs Sunday 8th of November (2015) and will explore the lovely main-street, residential roads, churches and public buildings of Rathmines. Our walk will meet at 11.20 and will start at 11.30am. All are welcome. Advanced tickets are available at a slightly reduced price, here. We hope to… Read More public walking tour, history & architecture of Rathmines! 11.30am Sunday, 8th Nov.
“Georgian West” a history & architecture walking tour of West-central Dublin, this Wednesday afternoon, 19th August. 2.10pm, with Arran Henderson from Dublin Decoded tours. See below for tour content, and how to join in. Now in the week ahead we turn our eyes West, to the other end of the city centre, as Dublin Decoded… Read More Georgian West, an open walking tour, this Wed 19th August., 2.10pm
On the 9th of July, just one month from now at the time of writing, the London auction house Christie’s will hold a sale of important European old master paintings. The sale includes important works that were left in trust for the Irish people to Ireland. Strangely however, unless something extraordinary now happens over the… Read More Take 5 minutes: prevent your heritage being sold off.
Selling off the family Silver. Another failure: another breech of trust. Many enlightened and generous philanthropists have gifted precious property, artworks and other priceless assets to Ireland. Such gifts include works by Manet, Degas and other Impressionists from Sir Hugh Lane; endless beautiful works in the National Gallery of Ireland purchased with funds left by… Read More J’accuse: Rubens & other old masters to be sold off & lost forever.
This well-known Georgian tour, originally developed by Dublin Decoded for the Irish Georgian Society, has been adapted for students sitting the Leaving Certificate and is available for school groups. The tour package includes visits to major works by Edward Lovett Pearce, James Gandon, Francis Johnston, and Richard Cassels (also known as Ricard Castle) as well… Read More Georgian architecture for Schools, Leaving Cert Art-History.