Paper Prospects: Landscape art in Ireland

George Petrie, ‘Dun Aengus Fort, Inishmore, Aran Islands’, 1850s

Paper Prospects: Landscape art in Ireland
11th February - 18th May 2004

Print Gallery

This exhibition surveyed the development of landscape art in Ireland, particularly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  It showed how innovative English artists influenced their Irish counterparts and consequently how the Irish landscape inspired English artists. 

The term landscape was used here in its broadest sense and included topographical drawings, antiquarian views, romantic rural scenes and urban views.  A number of works by early twentieth century Irish artists showed how modernist ideas in art were interpreted here.  The exhibition comprised some 50 works and outlined the history of the National Gallery of Ireland’s collecting policy with regard to works on paper.  Themes explored in this exhibition included: The development of landscape art in Ireland; The history of the Gallery’s collection of landscape drawings; Techniques and media deployed to capture the unique aspects of the Irish landscape; Individualism and intimacy in twentieth century landscape drawing.  Some of the Irish artists included were:  George Barret, James Malton, Walter Frederick Osborne, George Petrie, Francis Place, Maurice MacGonigal, Mainie Jellet, Andrew Nicholl and Frederic William Burton.  English artists included:  Paul Sandby, J.M.W. Turner, Peter de Wint and John Constable. 

Exhibition Brochure:
Paper Prospects: Landscape art in Ireland
© 2004 National Gallery of Ireland
Editor Anne Hodge