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    Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

     A window on printmaking over the past 500 years is open at the City Assembly House at South William St. in Dublin, headquarters of the Irish Georgian Society.   Art by Rembrandt, Durer, Turner, Tissot, Pisarro, Cezanne, Whistler and Samuel Palmer is featured in a touring exhibition entitled “Print REbels” which runs until August 27.  This is a show of works  collected over the past two and a half decades by Corkman Edward Twohig, currently Head of Art at Marlborough College in Wiltshire with 140 historical and contemporary original prints. They were first brought together at the Bankside Gallery in London to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Francis Seymour Haden, first president of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. Haden created his finest work in Ireland the exhibition includes some of his prints.  

    Francis Seymour Haden – A Sunset in Ireland.


    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

    A rare and complete set of Irish Georgian Society records sold for a hammer price of €2,300 at Fonsie Mealy’s Christmas Rare Books and Collectibles sale online in Castlecomer today. It comprises the Georgian Society records of 18th century domestic architecture in Dublin in five volumes (1909-1913) and a first (1915) edition of Georgian Mansions in Ireland by Sadlier and Dickinson. The sale continues on December 10.


    Friday, August 21st, 2020

    Desmond Guinness, founder of the Irish Georgian Society, has died aged 88. The Society said on their website: “We are indebted to his legacy in founding the Irish Georgian Society in 1958, together with the late Mariga Guinness. He boldly championed the cause of Ireland’s architectural heritage at a time when it faced great challenges through neglect and the threat of demolition from new development. In spite of hostility in some quarters, through his ardent campaigning, educating and working to save numerous buildings we are surrounded by a rich legacy of historic buildings saved to be celebrated as an integral part of our culture and identity. He has inspired us all and, for the thousands of members and supporters of the Irish Georgian Society in Ireland and around the world, Desmond has truly been a Conservation Hero.”

    He was the second son of author and brewer Bryan Guinness, 2nd Baron Moyne, and Diana Mitford (later Lady Mosley).


    Saturday, June 16th, 2018
    The 18th century exhibitions of the Society of Artists have been recreated to mark the restoration of the City Assembly House at South William St. in Dublin. The Irish Georgian Society is marking the re-incarnation of the first purpose built public gallery in Britain and Ireland with a show by artists like Thomas Roberts, Jonathan Fisher, James Forrester, Robert Carver, Robert Healy and Hugh Douglas Hamilton. It includes work first displayed in a series of shows held here between 1766 and 1780.
    Exhibiting Art in Georgian Ireland is curated by Dr. Ruth Kenny, formerly assistant curator of British Art 1750-1830 at Tate Britain.  She has identified over 80 works that showcase the initial exhibitions by the Society of Artists founded in 1764.  They are on loan from National Institutions and private collections.
    The restoration of the City Assembly House by the Irish Georgian Society is part of a capital refurbishment project that began in 2013.  The work included the reinstatement of the octagonal room built in 1766 as an exhibition space, renamed now as the Knight of Glin exhibition room after the former president of the Society, Desmond FitzGerald.  The exhibition opens today and runs to July 29.  It is open every day from 10 am to 5 pm.

    Portrait of an officer of an irish Volunteer Regiment by John Trotter

    Sheet of Water by Thomas Roberts