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Dr Angela Griffith

Assistant Professor

Research interests

I am an art historian who specialises in Irish modern and contemporary art and design. 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 multi-media practices. Most recently my focus is on the contribution of artists to illustration, the private press movement, and limited-edition publishing, c.1910 to 1970.

Research Projects

  • (2020-23) Cuala Press Project, Schooner Foundation, principal investigator, in partnership with Trinity Library.
  • (2016) Drawn to the Page: Irish Artists and Illustration digital collection

Recent Publications

  • (Forthcoming, 2023) book chapter, ‘Seeing the Second City of the Empire: the engraved illustration in Dublin travel guides (c.1820 -1830)', in Fintan Cullen ed. The visual culture of Ireland and empire: from the 18th century to the 20th century, (Berlin, Bern, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang)
  • (Forthcoming, 2022) book chapter. ‘Elizabeth Corbet Yeats: Dun Emer and Cuala Presses and Irish ‘art printing’ in Rose Roberto, ed., Women in Print: design and (re)construction of personal histories, (Berlin, Bern, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang)
  • (2021) journal article, ‘Clúdach: Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, Plate XXIII from Brushwork Studies of Flowers, Fruit, and Animals (London: George Philip & Son, 1898)’, New Hibernia Review, 25, 2
  • (2021) journal article, ‘Clúdach: Mandy O’Neill, Diane’, New Hibernia Review, 25, 1
  • (2021) book chapter, ‘anguished hope... Liam O’ Broin’s imaginative reading of Dante Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy in Conor Brady, Corinna Lonergan, Liam O’Broin, eds., Dante Alighieri - La Commedia - 100 lithographs, (Dublin: OPW publications)
  • (2020) journal article, ‘Diane Copperwhite: Moonstruck’, New Hibernia Review, 24, (3), 156 - 158
  • (2019) book, co-author, Making their Mark; Irish Painter-Etchers 1880-1930, (Dublin: NGI Publications)
  • (2018) book, co-editor, Harry Clarke; Artistic Visions of the New Irish State, (Dublin: Irish Academic Press)
  • book chapter, 'Marketing the Elxir of Life and re-imagining Irishness - Harry Clarke's illustrations for Messrs, John Jameson and Son' in Angela Griffith, Marguerite Helmers, Roisin Kennedy eds., (Dublin: Irish Academic Press)
  • (2018) book, Estella Solomons: An Irish painter etcher, (Bethseda: Wild Apple Press)
  • (2018) journal article, 'Prix de Print: No 29 Kelsey Stephenson ', Art in Print, 8, 1
  • (2017) book 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)
  • (2016) journal article, 'Old masters made new: Geraldine O'Neill', Irish Arts Review, 33, 4
  • (2015) catalogue essay, '"Extra, Extra, read [and see] all about it ..." negotiating printmaking in the Post-Print Age: imPRESS a perspective from Ireland'', imPRESS [noun - the act of marking a mark or leaving an impression], (Cork: Cork Printmakers) 

Curation Projects

  • (2021) book, Blot's Most Marvellous Historical Guide to Printing Books, (Dublin: NPM publications)
  • (2021-22) curator, Blot's Most Marvellous Historical Guide to Printing Books, National Print Museum, Dublin
  • (2019) co-curator Making their Mark: Irish-Painter Etchers 1880-1830, National Gallery of Ireland exhibition
  • (2019) co-curator, The New State; contemporary etching in Ireland, Graphic Studio Dublin

PhD Supervision

  • (2022) Paul Donnelly ‘Illuminating Irish American Identity: Harry Clarke Stained Glass Studios’ Ecclesiastical commissions in the USA c.1950 – 1970’.
  • (2023) Hannah Baker, ‘A Revaluation of the Contribution of Sarah Cecilia Harrison (1863-1941) to Visual and Political Culture in Ireland and Britain, as an Artist, a Promoter of the Fine Arts and a Social Reformer’, (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar)
  • 2023) Larrisa Vilhena, ‘The Moxon Tennyson: Illustration as Art Object’, (Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Past PhD and Postdoctoral Mentorship

  • (2020) William Shortall, ‘Art and the Irish Free State, visualising nationhood’. 
  • (2019-19) Nathan O’Donnell, ‘Lucian Freud: Networks, Contexts, Responses’, (IRC ENTERPRISE Postdoctoral Research Fellow in collaboration with IMMA)


I teach at undergraduate and postgraduate level, specialising in Irish modern art and design, and the history of printmaking. My current MPhil module examines the practices and theories associated with the printed image in modern and contemporary Irish art.

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