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Life and Art in Georgian Dublin Tom Duncan Tuesday 28 November 2017

Dublin in the 18th century was the second city of the emerging British Empire.  Viceroys, usually English noblemen, presided over a glittering society renowned for its liveliness and hospitality.  This society of Anglo-Irish nobles, gentlemen and rascally drunkards and gamblers lived in surroundings of enormous grandeur, presided over by women of singular independence such as the renowned diarist, Mrs Mary Delaney.  Their buildings were of unprecedented grandeur.  The Parliament House by Sir Edward Lovet Pearce, Trinity College and many exquisitely detailed buildings by James Gandon create a dazzling impression.  Their private houses were often conceived almost on the scale of European Palaces.

This world is looked at through contemporary records, paintings, engravings and the buildings themselves, many of which have survived.

Recommended reading : Dublin 1660 – 1860, M Craig, 1992

After a generation in University life, Tom Duncan has retired from teaching to concentrate on lecturing to a wider public, and to leading tours to his major areas of interest: the architecture and archaeology of Ireland, and the Mediterranean basin.