Walter Strickland, Director 1915-1916

Walter Strickland NGI Director 1915-1916

Walter George Strickland (1850-1928) was born in Cumbria, England on the 3 June 1850.  He was educated at Ushaw College, Durham, and King’s College, London, and spent part of his youth in the west of Ireland, where his uncle was agent for the Viscount Dillon. Known as an art historian, bibliographer, and antiquary he was Registrar of the National Gallery of Ireland from 1894-1914 during which time he compiled a catalogue of the Gallery’s national portrait section, applying his detailed knowledge of Irish biography. His extensive research over some twenty years into the history of Irish art and artists culminated in the publication of A Dictionary of Irish Artists in 1913.  This catalogues the lives of artists, engravers, and sculptors from the earliest times, and includes many reproductions of portraits. On the death of Hugh Lane in May 1915, Strickland was appointed (Acting) Director of the NGI. Despite no budget, due to the World War I, he carried out a new arrangement of the Gallery before retiring in June 1916. He was elected a member of the RIA in 1917 and served two terms on its council between 1919-22 and 1924-7.  He was also vice-president at different times between 1920 and 1927. After residing in Dublin city for many years he later moved to Newtown House, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, where he died 26 October 1928.