Visual arts and society, 1850–1900


in A New History of Ireland, Volume VI

Published in print April 2010 | ISBN: 9780199583744
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191702365 | DOI:

Series: New History of Ireland

Visual arts and society, 1850–1900

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This chapter examines the history of visual arts and society in Ireland during the period from 1850 to 1900. It explains that, in the second half of the nineteenth century, significant changes took place in the fortunes of the visual arts in Ireland. The patronage of the arts dwindled, and even the applied arts, for which the country had been renowned in the eighteenth century, ceased to flourish. In addition, many landed aristocracy chose to migrate, taking their fortunes with them, and some of the best Irish artists decided to work in England.

Keywords: visual arts; society; Ireland; art patronage; applied arts; aristocracy; Irish artists; England

Chapter.  20575 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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