Thomas Roberts 1748-1777
Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland

Coinciding with the publication of a major study of the work of the 18th century Irish artist Thomas Roberts, Dublin’s National Gallery is holding the first major Roberts retrospective in over 30 years. Although Roberts’s career was curtailed by his death at just 28 years of age, he had by then established himself as a highly accomplished landscape artist.

Born in Waterford and the son of an architect, Roberts trained at The Dublin Society Drawing Schools under the tutelage of the distinguished landscape painter George Mullins and Cork-born artist, John Butts. His unique approach to documenting the Irish landscape in great detail, together with a sensibility to the effects of nature earned him much critical acclaim, not to mention the patronage of some of the highest-ranking figures in Ireland, from Sir Ralph Gore and the Fitzgeralds of Carton House, to the Leesons of Russborough House.

This is a rare chance to see many previously unknown works, the majority of which have been amassed from private collections and museums both in Ireland and abroad, spotlighting one of Ireland’s great talents.

March 28 through June 28, 2009.
Merrion Square West & Clare Street
Dublin 2
T. +353 1 661 5133