Sources on Irish Art: A Reader

Overview

Although the study of art history in Ireland has long been established, research in the field of Irish art history has been hampered by the difficulty in obtaining key source material on the critical reception of art. This book aims to provide an anthology of sources and documents relating to the history and development of the visual arts in Ireland form the eighteenth century to the present day.

The anthology covers the period from the establishment of the Dublin Society ...

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Overview

Although the study of art history in Ireland has long been established, research in the field of Irish art history has been hampered by the difficulty in obtaining key source material on the critical reception of art. This book aims to provide an anthology of sources and documents relating to the history and development of the visual arts in Ireland form the eighteenth century to the present day.

The anthology covers the period from the establishment of the Dublin Society Drawing Schools in 1746 to the opening of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 1991. Judicious extracts and full texts that inform on attitudes and reactions to both the production of art and its uses in Ireland are included. Public exhibition reviews, comments from private letters and journals as well as polemical and theoretical essays illustrate what was being said and thought about artistic development in Ireland over the past two centuries. A significant achievement of the anthology is that it clearly illustrates the practical and theoretical parallels with both literary and other artistic traditions, which the visual tradition in Ireland enjoys.

The publication of these texts in a single volume enables the reader to create useful historical comparisons as well as facilitating the careful examination of historical documents. These features should have particular appeal to students of art history and cultural studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859181553
  • Publisher: Cork University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Meet the Author

Fintan Cullen has taught and researched in the area of Irish visual arts for over twenty years. He is a lecturer in Art History at the University of Nottingham, England.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 9
List of Illustrations 10
Introduction: Identifying Sources 12
Presentation and Editing of Texts 22
1 from 'First Journal in Italy', 1717 33
2 from A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, 1759 37
3 from An Inquiry into the Beauties of Painting, 1760 43
4 Letter to an artist, early 1790s 46
5 from Works, 1809 51
6 from Life and Times of Salvator Rosa, 1924 59
7 Letters from Ireland, 1835 62
8a National Art, 1843 65
8b Hints for Irish Historical Paintings, 1843 65
9 from William Stokes, Life and Labours in Art and Archaeology of George Petrie, 1868 74
10 'Art and Ideas', 1913 77
11 from An Autobiography, 1922 84
12 'My Voyage of Discovery', 1943 86
13 'Irish Art Criticism - A Provincialism of the Right', 1987 91
14 'Looking Beyond Regionalism', 1990 100
15 from An Authentic History of the Professors of Painting ... in Ireland, 1796 105
16 from The Looking Glass, 1805 109
17 from 'The Painter, Barry', 1835 114
18 from A Memoir of Daniel Maclise, 1871 121
19 from The Life of a Painter, 1940 128
20 'The Paintings of Jack B. Yeats', 1945 133
21 from An Irish Portrait, 1951 140
22 from Transitions, 1988 144
23 from Familiar: Alice Maher, 1995 150
24a from Reflections and Resolutions, 1738 163
24b from A Letter to the Dublin-Society, 1739 163
25 from Correspondence of The Earl of Charlemont 167
26 Letters to Hogarth, 1759-60 173
27 from An Essay on Perfecting the Fine Arts, 1767 176
28 Letters to James Barry, 1769-74 179
29 Letters to Canova, 1794-1802 185
30 from Recollections, 1826 190
31 from Diary, 1841 193
32 from Irish Art and Irish Artists, 1845 195
33 'McCracken', 1853 198
34 from The United Irishmen, 1858 199
35 from Art and Ireland, 1906 202
36 'The Gift', 1913 204
37 from Vale, 1914 206
38 Codicil to his Will, 1915 213
39 from Irish Free State, Official Handbook, 1932 215
40 from The Place of the Arts in Irish Education, 1979 217
41 from the Drennan-McTier Letters, 1797-1807 229
42 Dublin Evening Post, 1800-4 234
43 Dublin exhibitions, 1801 237
44a RHA Exhibition Review, 1843 243
44b 'The Spirit of the Nation', 1844 243
45 Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, 1908 248
46 'Picasso, Maimie [sic] Jellett and Dublin Criticism', 1923 252
47 from The Irish Times, 1942 258
48 from Rosc, 1967 261
49 from The Irish Imagination, 1971 268
50 from "Irish Nationalism and Art', 1975 273
51 from The Painters of Ireland, 1978 281
52 from "Art and Politics in the Eighties', 1990 285
53 from "A Shadowy Narrator', 1991 295
54 from 'Gender and Landscape in Ireland', 1993 302
Copyright Acknowledgements 309
Select Bibliography 311
Index 319
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