06.12.2022, 18:30 P.M.
House and Home in Georgian Ireland by Dr Conor Lucey, Associate Professor of architectural history in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at University College Dublin.
Abstract: As a prelude to a forthcoming book bearing the same title, this lecture will consider the domestic contexts for Ireland’s rich legacy in eighteenth-century material culture. Reflecting real as opposed to ideal patterns of living, the topics and themes addressed will range widely from maternity and hospitality to social identity and communality.
Biography: Conor Lucey is Associate Professor of architectural history in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at UCD. He is the author of the award-winning Building Reputations: Architecture and the Artisan, 1750–1830 (2018), and The Stapleton Collection: Designs for the Irish Neoclassical Interior (2007). He is former editor of the Irish Georgian Society’s annual journal, Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies.
Image: Frederick Elegantly Furnishing a Large House, printed and sold by W. Allen, Dublin,
c. 1785 (reproduced courtesy of Yale University’s Lewis Walpole Library)
Photo: Dr Conor Lucey.
This is the ninth and concluding talk in the Irish Georgian Society's autumn lecture series, Georgian Homes: material culture of the domestic interior in 18th century Ireland which explores the material culture of the Irish Georgian house, in both town and country, focusing on interior decoration, furniture and fine art. The talks will examine the manner in which these furnishings and decorations responded to the use of the interior spaces by their inhabitants; reveal the influences on their stylistic evolution; reflect on the province and economics of materials and manufacturing methods; and consider how the presentation of decorative finishes and objects in domestic settings acted as social signifiers of the inhabitants’ taste and status. The talks, which will examine the presentation and decoration of the homes of the elite and ‘middling’ sorts, will provide an overview of objects and collections that were designed and manufactured by native and foreign craftsmen and artisans, both in Ireland and abroad.
The Irish Georgian Society's autumn lecture series, Georgian Homes: material culture of the domestic interior in 18th century Ireland forms an action of the Irish Georgian Society’s Conservation Education Programme, which is supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage and The Heritage Council. The Irish Georgian Society wishes to acknowledge the sponsorship of Ecclesiastical Insurance.
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