Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), 'Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs', 1864. © National Gallery of Ireland.
Frederic William Burton (1816-1900), 'Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs', 1864. © National Gallery of Ireland.Credit

Frederic William Burton (1816-1900)

25 October 2017 – 14 January 2018 

Beit Wing | Admission charge

This exhibition presents an opportunity to look afresh at the work of Frederic William Burton (1816-1900). Irish born Burton settled in London where he encountered the Pre-Raphaelite circle that influenced his taste and his art, as echoed in his highly finished watercolour, ‘Hellelil and Hildebrand, the Meeting on the Turret Stairs’ (1864). The exhibition will explore all aspects of his career as an artist, including his early portrait miniatures and subjects inspired by the West of Ireland. It will also look at his period in Germany and his tenure as director of the National Gallery, London. Curated by Dr Marie Bourke, art historian and former Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland, the exhibition will include Burton’s iconic works drawn from the National Gallery and other public collections. 

Guest Curator: Dr Marie Bourke, former Head of Education, National Gallery of Ireland

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