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!
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?
Our tour for Thursday 12 Jan – the second private Dublin Decoded tour evening of the Creating History exhibition at the National Gallery – is now booked out. It’s still possible to visit the exhibition, which is free of charge- at the NGI up to the 15th of January 2017 and a visit is highly… Read More ** Art Tour Jan 12th- now booked out **
A favoured day-trip for tourists in New York (like ourselves) is walking across the amazing Brooklyn Bridge over the broad and mighty East river, finally arriving at the borough of Brooklyn itself, then spending a very pleasant day there. Many people start around the Dumbo area (above), others stroll along the seaside linear park, (its… Read More Art, Scale & experience in New York City (Public sculpture ii)
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.
I published a post a year or so back with this same title, which people seemed to enjoy. So here we go again. Below is mostly images, seen over the last few weeks, right up to yesterday afternoon. A little text, where context is required, and/or where there’s an opportunity for you to partake yourself. … Read More The Things I see… (# 2)
The history and origin of the National Gallery of Ireland are somewhat unusual because it was founded as sort of afterthought or consequence of the Great Dublin exhibition, 1853. This was one of the spectacular trade, arts and industry Great Fairs characteristic of the 19th century. The Great Dublin Exhibition was also itself unique in… Read More William Dargan’s legacy: the National Gallery of Ireland.