Tuesday 21 March, 2017
Join us for a joint lecture from the 2016 recipients of the Desmond Guinness scholarship and prize. Dr. Bláithín Hurley will present her research on Daniel Maclise and the artist's early life in Cork, but also the various cultural societies which sprang up in the city in the first half of the nineteenth century. This investigation includes Maclise's artistic training at the Cork Society of Arts, his introduction to the art and antiquity collections of Cork's 'Merchant Princes' and his sketching excursions in and around the county of Cork with such literary figures as Thomas Crofton Croker and Fr. Prout. Bláithín has a PhD in History of Art/Musicology from University of Cambridge in 2015. Bláithín's research interests eclectically include the connections between music and art in Renaissance Venice and artistic life in nineteenth-century Ireland, with an emphasis on Cork.
Myles McKenna hold a BA in History of Art and Architecture and a postgraduate diploma in Applied Building Repair and Conservation, both undertaken in Trinity College, Dublin. He currently works in the field of historic building conservation and delivers papers on the design and development of the eighteenth-century architecture in Ireland. His research focused on the Wentworth papers and on the period in which William James Conolly made alterations to Castletown (1729-1754).
Venue: RSAI, 63 Merrion Square