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The Crawford at the Castle

Photograph by Edwin Davison, courtesy of Dublin Castle.

8 October 2016–12 February 2017

Three Centuries of Irish Art from a National Collection 
The State Apartments and Coach House Galleries, Dublin Castle

“The magnificent surrounds of Dublin Castle will provide an ideal backdrop for the Crawford’s first-ever exhibition in Dublin.” 
Heather Humphreys TD
Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

The Crawford at the Castle
 sees the collection of Crawford Art Gallery travel to Dublin for the first time in its near 200-year history. 

Founded as a school of art and ‘saloon of sculpture’ in 1819, the collection at Crawford Art Gallery began with the prestigious gift of ‘Canova Casts’ from the Prince Regent who, as King George IV, visited Dublin in 1821. The Throne Room at Dublin Castle is so named for this visit. This is just one of the many resonances between these two institutions traced by the exhibition.

The Crawford at the Castle displays a selection of works from the gallery’s collection, which provide a survey of aspects of Irish art from 1730 to 2015. Displayed in the State Apartments and Coach House Galleries, the exhibition explores pertinent themes to such a historic setting, the former administrative centre of Ireland in the heart of our capital.

From the State Corridor which showcases Neoclassical prints and Romantic sketches, visitors to the exhibition will journey through themes of Enlightenment and Revolution in the Minerva Room, questions of National Identity in the King’s Room, images of our Environment and the Natural World in the Arts & Sciences Room, and expressions of the Artist at Activist in the Queen’s Room. In addition to these, ideas of Power and Knowledge are evoked in trough lens-based works exhibited in the Coach House Galleries in the neighbouring Dubh Linn Gardens. 

This exhibition serves to highlight the continuing roles of Crawford Art Gallery as a National Cultural Institution for the visual arts and Dublin Castle as a place of historical, cultural, and political significance.

Curated by Anne Boddaert and Dr Michael Waldron

A companion catalogue, edited by Peter Murray and published by Dublin Castle, is available to purchase from mid-October 2016.

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Works in THE CRAWFORD AT THE CASTLE exhibition:

  • George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson: Paddle Steamer Entering the Port of Cork
  • Robert Ballagh: The Rape of the Sabines, after David
  • James Barry: Orpheus Instructing a Savage People
  • James Barry: A Grecian Harvest Home
  • James Barry: Crowning the Victors at Olympia
  • James Barry: The Thames, or the Triumph of Navigation
  • James Barry: The Distribution of Premiums in the Society of Arts
  • James Barry: Elysium and Tartarus, or the State of Final Retribution
  • James Barry: Portrait of Burke and Barry in the Guise of Ulysses and a Companion fleeing from the Cave of Polyphemus
  • Francis Bindon: Portrait of Jonathan Swift
  • Muriel Brandt: The Breadline, 1916
  • James Brenan: News from America
  • James Brenan: Patchwork
  • John Butts: A View of Cork from Audley Place
  • Circle of Allan Ramsay: Portrait of Robert Emmet, M.D. of Cork
  • Circle of Allan Ramsay: Portrait of Mrs Emmet
  • Margaret Clarke: The Dressmaker
  • Jerome Connor: Siren
  • Barrie Cooke: The Lough Derg Pike: life size, with relics 
  • Dorothy Cross: Bone Room Print
  • Dorothy Cross: Jellyfish Lake
  • Willie Doherty: Evergreen Memories
  • Doug DuBois: Sweeny Jumps into Cork Harbour
  • Rita Duffy: Segregation 
  • Micheal Farrell: Black ‘47
  • Samuel Forde: The Veiled Prophet of Khorassan
  • Samuel Forde: Portrait of the Artist (Self-Portrait)
  • Samuel Forde: Original Sketch for Fall of the Rebel Angels
  • Samuel Forde: Oil Sketch for Fall of the Rebel Angels
  • John Halpin: After Patinir
  • Anthony Haughey: Famine Eviction Scene: Model World, Newtownmountkennedy
  • Martin Healy: Last Man
  • Patrick Hennessy: Elizabeth Bowen at Bowen’s Court 
  • Grace Henry: Claddagh Market, Galway 
  • Joseph Higgins: An Strachaire Fir 
  • Robert Hunter: Portrait of the Penrose Family
  • Joseph Malachy Kavanagh: The Cockle Pickers
  • Seán Keating: Men of the South
  • Sir John Lavery: The Red Rose
  • Sarah-Jane Lynagh: Red Madonna
  • Daniel MacDonald: Bowling Match at Castlemary, Cloyne 
  • Daniel MacDonald: The Eviction
  • Murdo MacLeod: Portrait of Roy Keane
  • Daniel Maclise: The Falconer
  • Brian Maguire: Figure Silenced 
  • Fergus Martin: Head 3
  • F.E. McWilliam: Woman in a Bomb Blast 
  • Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies (with illustrations by Daniel Maclise) 
  • Séamus Murphy: Deirdre (of the Sorrows) 
  • Alanna O’Kelly: The Country Blooms, a Garden and a Grave
  • Tony O’Malley: Hawk and Quarry in Winter – In Memory of Peter Lanyon
  • Vivienne Roche: Tomb 
  • Nigel Rolfe: Into the Mire
  • Martin Archer Shee: The Postman
  • Oliver Sheppard: Aida 
  • Mary Swanzy: Samoan Scene 
  • Unknown: Speech of Robert Emmet, Esq.
  • Jack B. Yeats: A Race in Hy Brazil  
  • Jack B. Yeats: Returning from the Bathe, Mid-Day 

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