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Drawn to the Page


Welcome to Drawn to the Page

In the 19th century, many Irish artists gained international artistic reputations as illustrators. For some it was a means of earning extra income, or a way introduce their work to a wider public. For others, it became an important part of their artistic oeuvre; the artist relishing in the challenges and possibilities offered by the medium of print. 

This project brings the work of these often forgotten artists, to new audiences. The
 illustration themes address subjects as diverse as archaeology, botany, travel, gender, politics, social histories, literature, frequently within an Irish context.  

The Drawn to the Page collection features illustrations from publications within the holdings of the Library of Trinity College Dublin. These publications, dating from 1830 - 1930, feature works by leading figures in Irish art including George Petrie, Daniel Maclise, Beatrice Elvery, Elizabeth Yeats and Harry Clarke.

In addition to high resolution images, there is supporting art historical commentary, including biographical notes on the artists and the engravers involved in the production these illustrations. The collection includes a glossary of the materials and processes used for illustration making Drawn to the Page: Irish Artists and Illustration 1830 - 1930 a valuable and visually engaging resource for anyone interested in Irish art.

We invite you explore our collection.  

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