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    Monday, October 12th, 2020

    A a postponed exhibition of 18th to 21st century Irish paintings at the Gorry Gallery in Dublin now runs from October 12-31.  With artists ranging from George Barret and Adam Buck to Robert Ballagh this is a particularly fine and wide ranging show.  It can be viewed in person or online at

    William Sadler (1782-1839) – View of Westport House, Co. Mayo with Croagh Patrick in the distance


    Saturday, May 18th, 2019

    This painting by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson – Naval Ships off Roches Point – show two frigates of the Royal Navy with a date that appears to read 1855.  The former curator of the Crawford Gallery Peter Murray reckons it to be one of the most significant works by the Cork artist.  Atkinson was born in Cove, later Queenstown and now Cobh,  around 1806 and spent his early life at sea as a ships carpenter. He became government surveyor of shipping and emigrants at Queenstown, where he was known as Captain Atkinson. He was a self taught artist whose works show a thorough knowledge of the sea. His three sons and one daughter all later became painters. Atkinson first showed at the Cork Art Union in 1841 and exhibited in the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1842.  The work will be displayed at the Gorry Gallery, Molesworth St., Dublin as part of an exhibition of 17th-21st century Irish art which runs from May 23 until June 8.


    Monday, March 11th, 2019

    An exciting discovery of around 40 drawings and watercolours by Daniel Macdonald (1821-1853) will be exhibited at the Gorry Gallery in Dublin from March 28.  They give a visual insight into life and society in Cork in the early 1840’s and demonstrate his empathy for the rural people of Ireland. Daniel Macdonald’s impressive graphic skills are demonstrated in images like Blindman’s Buff, Irish Jig-house, Apple Bobbing and The Day after the Fair. According to the catalogue note by Professor Niamh O’Sullivan, author of In the Lion’s Den: Daniel MacDonald, Ireland and Empire: “His crowd scenes are replete with detail, abound with energy and scintillate with wit, and the articulation of character and narrative is compelling”.  A number of the drawings were executed on board the yacht Hebe in Cobh and date to 1843-44, just prior to his departure for London.  His 1847 painting of An Irish Peasant Family discovering the Blight in their Store, shown at the British Institution, had the distinction until recently of being the only Irish painting that directly confronted the famine.  “His paintings are without precedence, not only in the Irish and British canon, but in French art then considered the most radical of all”, Niamh O’Sullivan notes.

    Daniel Macdonald – Hedge School


    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)