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    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.


    Saturday, June 9th, 2018

    Portrait of a young girl by Charles Skottowe (1793-1842)

    A rarity by a Cork artist, a portrait of a young girl playing with her mother’s jewellery box, features at the current exhibition at the Gorry Gallery in Dublin.  Very few works by Charles Skottowe (1793-1842) survive.  Skottowe is recorded as working in Cork in the 1820’s and exhibiting with the Cork Society for promoting the Fine Arts.  He showed at the RHA in 1829.

    In the following decade he exhibited with the Royal Academy and the British Institution.  His portrait of Capt Sir William Edward Parry is at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and his portrait of John Ayrton Paris is in the Royal College of Physicians in London.
    The exhibition of 18th to 21st century Irish paintings and sculpture, accompanied by a scholarly catalogue, runs to June 23.  A still life of Crab, Fish and Vegetables by another and better known locally Cork artist
    Daniel MacDonald (1820-1853) is inscribed Cork and dated 1843.  There are portraits by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Nathanial Hone, William Cumming and others, landscapes and seascapes by William Ashford, James Arthur O’Connor, George Barret and Edwin Hayes as well as The Colleen Bawn and The Colleen Dhu, peasants of the County Galway, by Samuel Lover (1797-1868).  The catalogue cover lot is a c1789 portrait of a young gentleman in Naples by Hugh Douglas Hamilton.

    Still Life of crab, fish and vegetables by Daniel MacDonald (1820-1853)

    The Colleen Bawn and the Colleen Dhu by Samuel Lover (1797-1868)


    Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
    The Cork artist Daniel MacDonald is the focus of an exhibition at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, Connecticut from January 20 to April 17.   “Into the Lion’s Den: Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire” is  a landmark in Irish and Irish-American cultural and social history.
    Daniel MacDonald exhibited a number of pictures at the RHA from 1842-44 and painted a portrait of Fr. Matthew. He moved to London in the mid-1840’s and exhibited at the British Institution in 1847 and again from 1849-51. In a catalogue note the museum point out that MacDonald was the only Irish artist audacious enough to paint the famine while it was happening.  His painting, An Irish Peasant Family Discovering the Blight of their Store, was displayed in London in 1847. His work is in the Crawford Gallery in Cork, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin and the British Museum.  He died in 1853 aged just 32. The exhibition is curated by Professor Niamh O’Sullivan.

    Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is home to the world’s largest collection of art related to the Great Hunger. There is work by contemporary artists and a collection of 19th century paintings by some of the most important artists of the period.

    Daniel MacDonald - An Irish Peasant Family discovering the potato blight, 1847.

    Daniel MacDonald – An Irish Peasant Family discovering the potato blight, 1847.

    Daniel MacDonald - Courtship

    Daniel MacDonald – Courtship

    Daniel MacDonald - Sidhe Gaoithe?

    Daniel MacDonald – Sidhe Gaoithe?

    Daniel MacDonald - The Eviction

    Daniel MacDonald – The Eviction