On May 12th, 7:30pm – 9pm, the National Print Museum will host a talk The Fantastic, the Frivolous and the Factual; Irish Artists and Illustration c.1830 – 1930 by Dr Angela Griffith, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin.
In the nineteenth century, publishing was distinguished by a remarkable growth in book and periodical illustration. This phenomenon was facilitated by developments in technology and consumer demand across all classes. Many young artists in search of a regular income and a professional reputation turned to the medium of illustration and by 1900, many leading figures of the British art world had worked as illustrators, including a significant number of Irish born artists. This lecture will examine the contribution of figures such as Daniel Maclise, F. S. Walker, Jack B. Yeats, Harry Clarke, Robert Gibbings, Norah McGuiness and Elizabeth Rivers to popular illustration and the creation of artist’s books.