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Dr Angela Griffith

Assistant Professor

Research interests

My research examines the history, contexts and theories of the printed image in Britain and Ireland from the beginnings of modernist fine art printmaking in the 1850s to contemporary multidisciplinary print practices. Currently, my focus is on Irish artists, including Jack Yeats, Harry Clarke, Beatrice Elvery, Robert Gibbings and Harry Kernoff and their involvement in illustration, the private press movement and limited edition fine art publishing c.1830 to 1960.

Selected publications

  • (2017) chapter, ‘To-morrow’s artist: Cecil Ffrench Salkeld and an Irish modernist periodical’, in P. Coleman, K. Milligan and N. O’Donnell, eds. BLAST at 100, (Leiden: Brill) – in press
  • (2017) co-editor and contributor with Roisin Kennedy & Marguerite Helmers, Harry Clarke & Artistic Visions of the New Irish State (Dublin: Irish Academic Press) – forthcoming
  • (2015) catalogue essay, "Extra, Extra, read [and see] all about it ..." negotiating printmaking in the Post-Print Age: imPRESS a perspective from Ireland' from imPRESS [noun - the act of marking a mark or leaving an impression] (Cork: Cork Printmakers)
  • (2015) review, 16, (Stoney Road Press), Irish Arts Review, Vol.32, No.4
  • (2014) essay, 'Irish printmaking in the twentieth century', Catherine Marshall and Peter Murray, Art and Architecture in Ireland - Twentieth - Century, Volume V.
  • (2013) article, 'Inferno', Lithographs of Liam O'Broin', Irish Arts Review, Vol. 29, No. 4
  •  (2012) 'Drawn to the page', Irish Arts Review, Vol. 29, No. 3 (co-author Philip McEvansoneya)
  • (2010) chapter, 'George Dawson and the making of Trinity's Modern Print Collection', Catherine Giltrap ed., George Dawson: An Unbiased Eye, Modern and Contemporary Art at Trinity College Dublin since 1959.
  • (2008) chapter, 'Impressions: Jack Yeats' approach to fine art publishing', Yvonne Scott ed., Jack B. Yeats: Old and New Departures, Dublin.

Other research outputs


I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am the coordinator and contributor to the Broad Curriculum module 'Making and Meaning in Irish Art' which is available to all TCD undergraduates and visiting students. I lecture on subjects including Irish art from the 1800s, the Italian Renaissance c.1300-1550, Northern European Art c.1400-1700 and Modernism and contemporary art, with a particular focus on gender issues, artistic processes and techniques. I specialise in the history of the printed image including printmaking as a creative process, the development of fine art print theory, the social, cultural and political agency of printed images, artists and illustration, and the print market.

I am also the co-ordinator of the Diploma in the History of European painting  and the Summer School in the History of Art and Design.

Dr. Griffith on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of the History of Art and Architecture,,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: 00 353 1 8962436
Fax: 00 353 1 8961438