New Book | Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on May 25, 2015

In connection with the exhibition now on view the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University Press is distributing the catalogue (congratulations, Ireland, on an inspiring weekend). CH

William Laffan and Christopher Monkhouse, eds., with Leslie Fitzpatrick, Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design, 1690–1840 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015), 288 pages, ISBN: 978-0300210606, $50.

9780300210606This groundbreaking book captures a period in Ireland’s history when countless foreign architects, artisans, and artists worked side by side with their native counterparts. Nearly all of the works within this remarkable volume—many of them never published before—have been drawn from North American collections. This catalogue accompanies the first exhibition to celebrate the Irish as artists, collectors, and patrons over 150 years of Ireland’s sometimes turbulent history.

Featuring the work of a wide range of artists—known and unknown—and a diverse array of media, the catalogue also includes an impressive assembly of essays by a pre-eminent group of international experts working on the art and cultural history of Ireland. Major essays discuss the subjects of the Irish landscape and tourism, Irish country houses, and Dublin’s role as a center of culture and commerce. Also included are numerous shorter essays covering a full spectrum of topics and artworks, including bookbinding, ceramics, furniture, glass, mezzotints, miniatures, musical instruments, pastels, silver, and textiles.

William Laffan is an art historian and author, and former editor of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies: The Journal of the Irish Georgian Society. Christopher Monkhouse is the chair and Eloise W. Martin Curator, Department of European Decorative Arts, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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  1. Michael Yonan said, on May 29, 2015 at 1:20 am

    A note to the Enfilade community: I saw the show over the Memorial Day weekend and it is indeed fantastic. Exhibition attendance has apparently far exceeded initial estimations and therefore the AIC is extending it until June 21. For those who will be in or near Chicago in the next month, it should be an essential visit.

    • Editor said, on May 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm

      I couldn’t agree more, Michael! I wasn’t prepared for the scope and ambition of what’s really an extraordinary exhibition. Thanks, too, for noting the extended run. -Craig

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