Painting Dublin

My first monograph, Painting Dublin, 1886 – 1949, was published by Manchester University Press in 2020 (hardback) as a trade paperback in 2021.


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

Sunday Times Culture

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!

In April 2022, Painting Dublin received an Honorable Mention in the American Conference for Irish Studies Michael J Durkan Prize for Books on Language and Culture. The judges’ citation noted that it:

‘is is an absorbing work, one which brings a scholarly and archival attention to a fascinating topic. From it emerges a picture of the Irish art scene in the late nineteenth- and early-twentieth century as much more fully and richly modernist than hitherto described—which is to say, this is a diverse, urban-art culture of many strands and cross-currents, each engaged in its own ways with the modern issues of urban flows, flânerie, labor, mass entertainment, infrastructure, technology and alienation in ways which drove artists to new strategies of representation and levels of experiment.


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.

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



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