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    Friday, April 12th, 2024
    John Luke – The Lock at Edenderry, 1935. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.

    In what is the largest ever loan from a national cultural institution in Ireland the Crawford Gallery in Cork has loaned 14 artworks to Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland. They are part of a collection of 33 new works of Irish art on display at the State Drawing Room at Hillsborough Castle until January 2027. Crawford paintings include  landscapes by painters Paul and Grace Henry, Moonlight Ballyholme by Belfast-born Colin Middleton and The Locks at Edenderry by Belfast artist John Luke.

    David Orr, Castle and Collections Manager at Hillsborough Castle and Gardens said: “The Drawing Room at Hillsborough Castle is a haven of Irish art, a celebration of our magnificent land and seascapes right through to incredible royal portraits by Irish artists. We are hugely proud of this new collection, and excited to work with a significant range of lenders, including our largest ever from the Republic of Ireland from Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.”

    Additional lenders include NI Civil Service, Down County Museum, Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum, Co-Operation Ireland, Northern Ireland Office and King Charles III of the UK. Historic Royal Palaces is also delighted to announce the acquisition of a Thomas Lawrence portrait of Lord Marcus Hill and 51 miniature portraits of the Hill and Sandys families – known as the Ombersley Miniatures – generously gifted by the Sandys Trust.


    Sunday, October 21st, 2018

    Daniel MacDonald (1820-1853). “The Village Funeral – An Irish Family by a Graveside during the Great Famine”

    The latest acquisition at the Crawford Gallery is a famine work by Cork artist Daniel MacDonald (1820-1853).  “The Village Funeral – An Irish Family by a Graveside during the Great Famine” is a scene of rural Irish mourning.  Daniel MacDonald is practically unique in his depictions of rural life and customs in Ireland in the 1840’s and ’50’s. Other paintings by MacDonald in the Crawford collection include Bowling Match at Castlemary, Cloyne (1842),  A Country Dance or The Wedding Dance (1848), Eviction Scene (c1850) and his 1845 portrait of General Sir Rowland Smyth KCB (1845).

    Rose McHugh, chairman of the Crawford Gallery board of directors said the acquisition demonstrated “a real commitment” to building the collection and ensuring works of national and international significance can be exhibited together in Cork.  The government plans to invest 22 million in the gallery in the coming decade as part of Project Ireland 2040.