Library & Archive of Sir Denis Mahon

 Sir Denis Mahon

In 2010 Sir Denis Mahon presented his entire personal archive and library to the National Gallery of Ireland. The collection reflects his extensive scholarly interests, the genesis and development of his collection, his campaigning for the arts and his family roots in Ireland.  His remarkable gift greatly enhances the collection of the Library and Archives
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Selection of books donated to the National Gallery of Ireland by Sir Denis Mahon

The Library

The library collection includes many rare and antiquarian volumes which are regarded as key sources in the study of European art, particularly Italian art. Included in the gift are first and second editions of Vasari’s Vite, and Bellori’s collection of biographies, Le vite de’ pittori, scultori et architetti moderni. Many of the books were previously unavailable to researchers in Ireland.

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Detail from a photograph of Sir Denis’s parents John Fitzgerald Mahon and Lady Alice Evelyn Mahon (nee Browne) outside Westport House, Co. Mayo

The Archive

Sir Denis’s fascinating archive consists of a vast accumulation of correspondence and academic notes relating to collections and individual works of art, in particular Italian art and artists.

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Detail from 'Woman Reading a Book', Francesco Bartolozzi (1725-1815) after Guercino (1591-1666), Etching, 1764

The Works on Paper

The gift included several large bound volumes of prints after Carracci and Guercino, together with a stack of loose engravings.  On display in this exhibition are the etchings 'Four Women with a Child' and 'The Assassination of Amnon' by Francesco Bartolozzi (1725-1815) after Guercino (1591-1666), 1764.

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