"Ireland’s Painters, 1600-1940" by Anne Crookshank

Ireland’s Painters, 1600-1940 Anne Crookshank, The Knight of Glin

Publication date:
10 Nov 2002
Paul Mellon Centre
356 pages: 318 x 248mm
50 b-w + 375 color illus.


This richly illustrated survey of the history of Irish painting encompasses the entire span from the middle ages to the mid-twentieth century. The book includes both well-known and virtually unknown artists, Irish artists who worked abroad as well as in Ireland, and major foreign artists who came to Ireland and worked there for extended periods. Among the more than 350 works reproduced in full color are many paintings from notable private collections which have not been exhibited to the public.

Drawing on the unique combined experience of leading Irish art authorities Anne Crookshank and The Knight of Glin, the book presents an exciting roll call of important Irish painters, from the talented Garret Morphy of the Restoration period to William Scott and Louis LeBrocquy of our own time. Broad in its scope and perceptive in its scholarship, the book is the most complete and beautifully illustrated history of Irish painters available today.

Anne Crookshank is Fellow Emerita, formerly professor of the history of art, at Trinity College Dublin. She is also a member of the Royal Irish Academy. The Knight of Glin is Doctor in Letters Honoria Causa of Trinity College Dublin; president of the Irish Georgian Society; director of the Irish Architectural Archive; and Christie’s representative in Ireland.

"Handsome in design and capacious in format, this superbly illustrated volume presents a chronological, biographically framed narrative of the professional, business, and social operation of painting in Ireland from 1600 to 1940. . . . Recommended. General readers; graduate students; faculty."?Choice

"From a pioneering exhibition of Irish portraits in 1969 to the welcome appearance of Ireland?s Painters 1600?1940 by Anne Crookshank and the Knight of Glin, no one has done more than this dynamic duo to restore to the light the lost or forgotten pages of Irish art history."?Aidan Dunne, Irish Times

"[Crookshank and FitzGerald] examine the pictures themselves in great detail and bring masterly connoisseurship to the subject. . . . The breadth of scope and sheer amount of information included are remarkable and are perhaps the book?s greatest strengths."?William Laffan, Art Newspaper

"A very beautifully produced book. . . . An essential volume to augment any comprehensive library, or indeed serve as a foundation for a growing one."?Deirdre Conroy, Sunday Independent

"A sumptuous and authoritative introduction."?Michael Jacobs, Art Quarterly