Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740-1808): A life in pictures
22nd November 2008 – 15th February 2009
Rooms 6-10, Beit Wing
This exhibition celebrated the bi-centenary of the death of the important Irish artist Hugh Douglas Hamilton. Some 60 oils, pastels, prints and albums focussed on the highpoints of this artist’s long and intriguing career. Works from the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection were supplemented by key loans from public and private collections. The show was accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with illustrated essays examining aspects of the artist’s life including: his early career in Dublin and London; his important Italian sojourn and the influence of the Italian sculptor Canova, and the commercial context of his pastel work. An essay outlining the technical examinations of the Gallery’s collection of portraits on paper adds to our knowledge of Hamilton’s working methods, use of materials and techniques.
Anne Hodge with essays by Nicola Figgis, Ruth Kenny, Adrian Le Harivel and Louise O’Connor. © The National Gallery of Ireland and the Authors.