James Barry (1741–1806) is now regarded as perhaps the most important Neo–classical painter of eighteenth century Britain. Through his writing and lectures, as well was through his art, Barry expressed a belief in the advancement of human civilization through education and political liberty, beliefs which amounted to heresy for many …

William Mulready(1786-1863) was born in Ennis on April 1st, 1786. His family moved to Dublin within a year or so of his birth and in 1792 again moved to London, where the Mulready household resided at Compton Street, Soho, where his father continued his trade as a leather–breeches maker.Mulready’s talent …

Sir John Lavery (1856–1941)William Orpen(1878–1931) Born in Stillorgan, County Dublin, William Newenham Montague Orpen was a fine draughtsman and a popular painter of the well–to–do in the period leading up to World War I. He was also involved in the Celtic revival and he took part in the attempt there …

NIVAL 20th century and contemporary Irish Art & Design Library The Artists’ Database was compiled in order to improve public access to the Library’s extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists. It is a reference database that contains basic biographical and work details on each artist. It …