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22.03.2022, 18:00 P.M.

Tuesday 22 March – Portraits of Elite Irish Women and the political sensibilities of the Irish Ascendency with Priscilla Sonnier

This lecture reconsiders the visual and cultural significance of elite Anglo-Irish women’s portraits to shaping Protestant and gendered identity in Ireland throughout the eighteenth-century. Formal representations of Ireland’s ‘women of quality’, uniquely evolved in meaning from their British counterparts within the patriotic sensibilities of ‘improvement’ to express unique and emblematic patterns of behaviour which were to be emulated and revered among Ireland’s elite.. Priscilla Sonnier is currently finishing her PhD Celebrated Beauties: Dialogues, Duty and Display in Georgian Ireland (1730-1790) at University College Dublin. Her research focuses on the evolution of elite female portraiture in Ireland throughout the eighteenth century, with a broader interest in material and visual culture in the British Isles and has been featured at conferences and symposia hosted by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, The Historians of Eighteenth Century Art and Architecture, Penn State University and American University. Priscilla is also the Desmond Guinness Scholarship recipient for 2020.

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