‘A Plain Structure, Firmly Built’
150 years of the National Gallery of Ireland.
2nd June – 12th September 2004
This exhibition celebrated the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the National Gallery of Ireland through a display of architectural drawings and other works on paper from the collection. The various phases of the development of the Gallery were illustrated through fine architectural drawings. Decorative, finished drawings of the nineteenth century by Captain Fowke formed the core of the display, complemented by relevant letters and archival material. A selection of the Gallery’s earliest acquisitions of works on paper gave an insight into the acquisition policy of the Gallery in its infancy. A number of early designs for the Millennium Wing by Benson and Forsyth brought the visual history of the development of Gallery buildings up to date.