Painting Dublin

Painting Dublin, 1886 – 1949

Manchester University Press, December 2020 (ISBN: 978-1-5261-4410-2)

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My first academic monograph, Painting Dublin, 1886 – 1949 was published in December 2020 by Manchester University Press. Having worked on this subject now for nine years, I’m really delighted that the book is now out in the world.

Delving into a hitherto unexplored aspect of Irish art history, Painting Dublin, 1886-1949 examines the depiction of Dublin by artists from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Artists’ representations of the city have long been markers of civic pride and identity, yet in Ireland such artworks have been overlooked in favour of the rural and pastoral. Framed by the shift from city of empire to capital of an independent republic, this book examines artworks by Walter Osborne, Rose Barton, Jack B. Yeats, Harry Kernoff, Estella Solomons and Flora Mitchell, encompassing a variety of urban views and artistic themes. While Dublin is already renowned for its representation in literature, this book will demonstrate the many attractions it held for Ireland’s artists, offering a vivid visualisation of the city’s streets and inhabitants at a crucial time in its history.

In early October, I spoke to Laoise Neylon at the Dublin Inquirer about the book and some of the artists featured in it. You can read the full article here. The DI is a fantastic independent newspaper, covering all aspects of life in Dublin and it was a pleasure to see Painting Dublin featured in its pages.

In December 2020, two launch events were held to mark the book’s publication. You can listen back to the UCD Humanities Institute event here, and watch the conversation with the Little Museum of Dublin here.

In January 2021, Painting Dublin was reviewed by William Laffan for the Sunday Times. You can read the review here (Subscription Required).

A feature by Gemma Tipton also appeared in the Irish Times, and can be read here.

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