[A collection of 141 drawings illustrating the castles, abbeys, churches and other architectural antiquities of Ireland and some of England]
|Main Creator:||Grose, Francis, 1731?-1791, artist.|
Francis Grose, (1731-1791), came to Ireland in May 1791 to start work on "Antiquities of Ireland". He had apparently visited Ireland before, as two of his drawings, afterwards engraved for his book, were executed in 1790, and three as early as 1770. On arriving in Dublin, he immediately commenced an antiquarian tour, accompanied by his assistant Thomas Cocking (fl. ca. 1783-1791) and made a few drawings for his book. His work was suspended by his sudden death on May 12th, 1791, in Dublin. He was buried on May 18th in Drumcondra churchyard. At the time of his death, only 24 views had been engraved for "Antiquities of Ireland", including only 7 pages of text written. His nephew Daniel Grose took up the work, and the letterpress by the Reverend Edward Ledwich, vicar of Aghaboe (Laois).In addition to the drawings already made, by Cocking and Grose, William Burton-Conyngham contributed from his collection drawings by Angelo Maria Bigari, Barralet and others. The book was published by Samuel Hooper of Holburn. Volume I was published in 1794, although the title page shows the date 1791, and Volume II in 1796.
|Format:||PRINTS & DRAWINGS|
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[between ca. 1770 and 1794].
Conserved by the National Library of Ireland, the collection is divided into two separate albums. The 1st album contains the first 70 drawings (1976 TX 1-70) and the 2nd album contains the last 62 drawings (1976 TX 71-141) in the collection. Drawings with call numbers 1976 TX 22, 50, 76, 85 & 86 are unidentified as to place and artist. Titles inscribed on verso of drawings, generally in ink.
Physical description: 133 drawings : watercolour, pen & ink wash ; 26.4 x 33.4 cm. or smaller.
Citations/References: Dictionary of Irish Artists Vol. I. A-K / W.G. Strickland. - Maunsel & Comppany, Limited, Dublin & London, 1913, P. 415-420.
Attributed to Francis Grose (1731?-1791), Lieutenant Daniel C. Grose (d. 1838), Thomas Cocking (fl. ca. 1783-1791), Angelo Maria Bigari (fl. 1772-1779), Thomas Archdeakon (fl. ca. 1800), William Ashford (1746-1824), J.J. Barralet (ca. 1747-1815), James Gandon (1742-1823), James Nixon (1741-1812) and Rev. Dr. Wynne.
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|PD 1976 TX||Prints & Drawings - Appt. only||Prints & Drawings|
Reproduction rights owned by National Library of Ireland.