Thomas Roberts Exhibition Curators
William Laffan (Editor, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies) & Dr Brendan Rooney (Administrator, ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art, National Gallery of Ireland)
The exhibition coincides with the publication of the book: 'Thomas Roberts: Landscape and Patronage in Eighteenth-Century Ireland' by William Laffan and Brendan Rooney. Published by Churchill House Press for the National Gallery of Ireland. Price €55.00, hardback [416 pages, 338 images] ISBN 978-0-9550246-3-4
William Laffan is the editor of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies. He took Greats at Oxford and received an M. Phil from the Warburg Institute, London. Recent books include the first editions of Hugh Douglas Hamilton's The Cries of Dublin (2003) and Samuel Chearnley's Miscelanea Structura Curiosa (2005); in 2006 he edited Painting Ireland. He has contributed to several exhibition catalogues including A Time and a Place (NGI); Daniel Maclise; [C]artography: Mapmaking as Art Form (both Crawford Art Gallery, Cork) and Clerics and Connoisseurs (Kenwood House London).
Brendan Rooney is Administrator of the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art in the National Gallery of Ireland. He received his doctorate from Trinity College Dublin, and his publications include Irish Paintings in the National Gallery of Ireland, Volume I (2001, with Nicola Figgis), and The Life and Work of Harry Jones Thaddeus (2003). He was also editor of A Time and a Place:Two Centuries of Irish Social Life (National Gallery of Ireland 2006). He has contributed to various books and exhibition catalogues, including Hugh Douglas Hamilton's The Cries of Dublin (2003), A German Dream (National Gallery of Ireland 2004), Shades of Light. Evocations of Summer (Hunt Museum 2005), Whipping the Herring (Crawford Art Gallery 2006), and Hugh Douglas Hamilton. A Life in Pictures (National Gallery of Ireland 2008), and has published articles on Irish art in several periodicals.