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HA4004 Painting in Ireland and Britain, c.1800-c.1900: artists, institutions and audiences

Module Organiser: Dr Philip McEvansoneya
Duration of the Module: Michaelmas and Hilary term
Contact Hours: 1 x 2-hour seminar weekly
Weighting: 20 ECTS
Assessment: Two summer examinations

The nineteenth century saw great changes in Irish and British art. These changes are studied with reference to the social, political and economic context. The module examines selected developments within and between Ireland and Britain, dealing with individuals and institutional relationships. The role of the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy, and the international industrial exhibitions are addressed as is the establishment of national galleries in London, Edinburgh and Dublin. Student presentations deal with the thematic issues such as landscape and peasant imagery, as well as specific individuals such as Burton and Petrie or Leighton and Whistler. Students taking this module will be required to undertake primary research in TRIARC - Irish Art Research Centre, as well as at the Centre for the Study of Irish Art in the National Gallery of Ireland, and in other local archives.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • explain and exemplify the main developments, and analyse and evaluate the major points of similarity and contrast between British and Irish art, of the period
  • name and identify (a) the principal artists of the period, and (b) characteristic examples of the work of each of those artists, and put (a) and (b) into precise chronological order
  • explain the relationships between the institutions of the period
  • explain in relation to specific examples the practices and significance of the various types of exhibition found in the period
  • analyse and interpret characteristic works of art employing appropriate terms and concepts with clarity and precision


Last updated 3 August 2012