Poverty, parks, and painting
in Painting Dublin, 1886–1949
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This chapter focuses on the work of Walter Frederick Osborne (1857–1903). Although a prolific painter, Osborne’s depictions of Dublin have never been fully explored either in relation to urban history or the history of painting the city. After introducing Osborne’s early life and training, the chapter will consider the artist’s depictions of urban poverty, his portrayal of the environs of Patrick Street and St Patrick’s Cathedral, and his later paintings of St Stephen’s Green, with reference to other artistic and literary sources. A close analysis of a key painting, The Dublin Streets: A Vendor of Books, will consider Osborne’s practice of exhibiting works in multiple venues in Britain in relation to networks, circulation, and artistic mobility.

Painting Dublin, 1886–1949

Visualising a changing city

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