Collection of Irish Georgian Society miniatures on display at Castletown
Posted by Zoe Coleman
A longstanding member has donated a collection of Irish miniatures to the IGS which has recently gone on public display in the Print Room at Castletown. The carefully selected group focuses on the Boyle family, Earls of Shannon and on members of the FitzGerald family of Carton. Paul Caffrey who has written a book on the subject notes: ‘few historic family collections of miniatures have survived in Ireland making this a truly remarkable collection of national importance’.
The IGS has had a long relationship with Castletown and the OPW and Castletown Foundation who run it, and, over many years has lent important paintings and furniture to the house. Many of these were catalogued in the fine volume Castletown, Decorative Arts (OPW, 2011).
Images of the minatures collection will be featured in the 2016 edition of the Irish Georgian Society Review, which will be published and delivered to all members in October 2016.
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Images courtesy of Linda Kearns.