Hugh Douglas Hamilton

Hugh Douglas Hamilton, 'Reclining Woman with Child in an Interior, Naples', c.1789.

Hugh Douglas Hamilton: A Life in Pictures
22 November 2008 - 15 February 2009
Beit Wing. Admission Free.


An exhibition to celebrate one of Ireland's most accomplished portraitists of the eighteenth century, Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1740-1808) was formally opened by Dr. Martin Mansergh, TD, Minister of State with responsibility for the Arts, in the National Gallery of Ireland, on Wednesday 19 November.

Hugh Douglas Hamilton: A Life in Pictures brings together 62 oils, pastels and drawings by the artist drawn from the National Gallery's collection complemented by loans from public and private collections in Ireland, Italy and the UK. The display features full-length portraits, magnificent allegorical paintings, albums, prints, and his trademark small oval pastel portraits.

Anne Hodge, exhibition curator and editor of the accompanying catalogue to the show, says: "Though Hamilton was a popular and prolific artist during his lifetime, there has never been a major show devoted to the artist until now. This year, on the occasion of the bi-centenary of his death, we celebrate his life and work with a display of pastels, paintings and drawings which not only demonstrate his skills as an artist and businessman but also illustrate his enduring popularity as a portraitist."

Hugh Douglas Hamilton: A Life in Pictures opens in the Beit Wing on 22 November 2008 and continues until 15 February 2009. Admission is free.

Exhibition Curator: Anne Hodge, Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Gallery of Ireland.

Edited by exhibition curator, Anne Hodge, the accompanying illustrated catalogue includes commentaries on the 62 works in the show, together with essays by Ruth Kenny (the early pastel portraits c.1760-80); Nicola Figgis (the Italian sojourn), Adrian Le Harivel (Hamilton and his rivals in the 1790s), and Louise O'Connor (Hamilton's pastel portraits, materials and techniques). Published by the National Gallery of Ireland, price €16.95 (ISBN 978-1-904288-35-0).