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Art in Belfast 1760-1888 Art Lovers or Philistines?

Art in Belfast 1760-1888 Art Lovers or Philistines?

Eileen Black

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This richly illustrated book tells the story of art in Belfast from its early beginnings. It is essential reading to all those interested not only in Irish art but also the book provides a fascinating social history of the many aspects of Belfast life in those times.

This richly illustrated book tells the story of art in Belfast, not only examining the origins of art within Belfast but also the social history of the city.

It is through this that the author recreates the early attempts at bringing culture to the people not only of Belfast but also within the Irish art world. Primary sources are used, charting the growth of the city into a lively centre for the trading of art.

When the first commercial art gallery was opened in 1864 an exhibiting society, the Art Union of Belfast, was formed. This prestigious space and body developed, and later public-spirited individuals re-established amenities for art education within the community and provided intellectual recreation for the working-class population.

Their efforts led to the opening of a new School of Art in 1870 and the Free Public Library in 1888. This neglected area of Belfast's cultural life is given an authoritative re-appraisal and places events in context for the first time. It contains much new material and a wide range of illustration making it an essential book for Irish art historians everywhere.

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Author Eileen Black
Publisher Irish Academic Press
Publication date 1 Jan 2006
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9780716533610

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