Gifts to the Centre for the Study of Irish Art

Photograph of William Orpen in his Rolls Royce  

The CSIA archive contains important collections of artists’ papers. These include unique items such as letters, photographs and diaries that provide a rare insight into the life and work of artists. This exhibition focuses on a selection of Irish artists who are represented in the CSIA archive collection. 

The CSIA has greatly benefited from the generosity of individuals and bodies who are concerned with the future care and use of archival collections. Among the more notable gifts to date include a collection of Frederic William Burton’s papers; letters associated with Martin Cregan; substantial archives relating to Aloysius O’Kelly and William Crampton Gore; and photographs and ephemera relating to Augustus Burke and the sculptor Andrew O’Connor. 

These collections are an essential resource for anyone interested in Irish art. Many of the archives have been used by researchers and historians to enrich our understanding of the development of the visual arts in this country. By donating archives to the CSIA, its patrons have contributed to its development and supported its role in preserving and providing access to research material for future study and scholarly interpretation.

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