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Cooper Collection

Main Creator: Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830, artist
Contributors: Beranger, Gabriel, ca. 1729-1817, artist
Published / Created: ca. 1781-ca. 1942, chiefly ca. 1781-ca.1800
Notes:Collection also includes: Memoirs of Gabriel Beranger from 1760 to 1780 / Sir William Wilde. - Dublin : Gill, 1880 (Gift of Austin Damer Cooper)

Physical description: 4 sketchbooks (300 drawings), 2 folders (97 drawings), 3 engravings pen and wash, engraving, watercolour 45 x 30 or smaller

Citations/References: An eighteenth century antiquary : the sketches, notes and diaries of Austin Cooper (1759-1830) / Liam Price (ed.). Dublin, 1942. Call number: IR 7941 C11

Citations/References: Butterhill and beyond / Richard Austin-Cooper. Reading : R. Austin-Cooper, 1991. Call number: IR 9292 C34

Finding Aids: Unpublished finding aid for all individual items in the collection prepared from consultancy work by Dr. Peter Harbison. Available in Prints & Drawings Section, NLI.

Provenance:William Burton (1733-1796) who adopted the name Conyngham in 1781, was the first president of the Hibernian Antiquarian Society, the first practical Archaelogical Society in the country. It attempted to publish one or more volumes of engravings of Irish antiquities. Conyngham gathered existing drawings and also commissioned artists such as Gabriel Beranger, Angelo Maria Biagari and J.J. Barralet to make drawings which would be used to form a basis for engravings. Conyngham's collection, acquired by Austin Cooper in 1810, and Cooper's (and others) copies of these originals together with two volumes of his own drawings made when travelling around the country, form most of the Cooper Collection
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