Painting Dublin

My first monograph, Painting Dublin, 1886 – 1949, was published by Manchester University Press in 2020. Hardback and paperback copies of Painting Dublin are now available from various booksellers, and can always be ordered in by your local bookshop.

If picking up a copy for yourself or as a gift, you might consider shopping with one of the following shops: Gutter Bookshop, Books Upstairs, O’Mahony’s Books, or the Terenure Village Bookshop. It is also stocked by Hodges Figgis, Dubray and Easons. Copies are also available from your public library!


‘A rich – and enriching – volume, informed by an obvious love of the city.’

Sunday Times Culture


Painting Dublin combines a wonderful art exhibition and a stimulating walking tour through multiple Dublins past and present. You may never walk down the same streets again.’

Irish Literary Supplement


Delving into a hitherto unexplored aspect of Irish art history, Painting Dublin, 1886-1949 examines the depiction of Dublin by artists from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Artists’ representations of the city have long been markers of civic pride and identity, yet in Ireland such artworks have been overlooked in favour of the rural and pastoral. Framed by the shift from city of empire to capital of an independent republic, this book examines artworks by Walter Osborne, Rose Barton, Jack B. Yeats, Harry Kernoff, Estella Solomons and Flora Mitchell, encompassing a variety of urban views and artistic themes. While Dublin is already renowned for its representation in literature, this book will demonstrate the many attractions it held for Ireland’s artists, offering a vivid visualisation of the city’s streets and inhabitants at a crucial time in its history.

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