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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: The Royal Exchange

Caption:
The Royal Exchange
Artist:
Petrie, George
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Engraving
Engraver:
Barber, Thomas
Author:
Wright, George Newenham
Title of Publication:
An historical guide to ancient and modern Dublin
Publisher:
Baldwin, Cradock and Joy
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1821
Curator Comment:
This volume consists of two works bound together, 'An historical guide to ancient and modern Dublin' (1821), and 'A guide to the Lakes of Killarney' (1822), by G.N Wright. Both were illustrated by George Petrie and published by Baldwin, Cradock and Joy of London.
Note on artwork:
Looking down Dublin's Dame Street, towards College Green, the composition is dominated by the Royal Exchange (now City Hall). This celebrated Thomas Cooley (1740-84) designed building, with its imposing Neoclassical portico, is surrounded by busy city life. Military figures, mothers, children, vendors and carriages animate the scene. This metal engraving by Thomas Barber, after a drawing by George Petrie, reflects the common practice at this time - very few artists engraved their own designs.
References:
ONDB online, DIB online, Grove Art online, Strickland. Neither of the first two is accurate in all details. P. Murray, George Petrie (1790-1866): the rediscovery of Ireland's past, Kinsale, 2004.


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