Painting Dublin, 1886-1949

Visualising a changing city

By Kathryn Milligan

Painting Dublin, 1886-1949


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4412-6
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: December 2020
  • BIC Category: History of art, HISTORY / Europe / Ireland, ART / Criticism & Theory, ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945), Ireland, Art History, The arts / Man-made objects depicted in art (cityscapes, machines, etc), The arts / History of art & design styles: from c 1900 -


Delving into a hitherto unexplored aspect of Irish art history, Painting Dublin, 1886-1949 examines the depiction of Dublin by artists from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Artists' representations of the city have long been markers of civic pride and identity, yet in Ireland such artworks have been overlooked in favour of the rural and pastoral. Framed by the shift from city of empire to capital of an independent republic, this book examines artworks by Walter Osborne, Rose Barton, Jack B. Yeats, Harry Kernoff, Estella Solomons and Flora Mitchell, encompassing a variety of urban views and artistic themes. While Dublin is already renowned for its representation in literature, this book will demonstrate the many attractions it held for Ireland's artists, offering a vivid visualisation of the city's streets and inhabitants at a crucial time in its history.


'A rich - and enriching - volume, informed by an obvious love of the city.'
Sunday Times Culture

At heart an academic text ... Painting Dublin is also a good read due to Milligan's engaging style and passion for her subject.'
Irish Times

Honorable Mention in the ACIS Michael J Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture


Introduction: Painting Dublin, from Empire to Republic, 1886-1949
1 Poverty, parks and painting
2 Fog, gas and the picturesque
3 Dockers, swimmers and dancers
4 Radicals, workers and drinkers
5 Glamourous, old and vanishing Dublin


Kathryn Milligan is an art historian specialising in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Irish art

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