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Art and the Enlightenment 


Journey into Ireland's past and the lives of the rich and famous through the eyes of some of its greatest artists, intellectuals, and leading citizens.

In our intimate Penrose Rooms (Floor 1), encounter the work of artists James Barry, Francis Bindon, John Butts, Nathaniel Grogan, and Martin Archer Shee. See how wealth and faith effected how people dressed in our portraits of the Penrose, Dennis, and Emmet families, or how the author of Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift, was seen by a close friend. Gain insights into the reading habits of eighteenth-century 'Merchant Princes' and explore the fine objects they bought and sold, from Waterford glass and Cork silver to Chinese porcelain, Irish fine furniture, and even a special asparagus tongs!