Fog, gas, and the picturesque
in Painting Dublin, 1886–1949
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Chapter 2 focuses on the late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century city, centring on the watercolours and illustrations of Rose Mary Barton (1856–1929). Framed by the themes of gaslight, fog, and the picturesque, Barton’s depiction of Dublin will be explored through her involvement in the city’s vice regal circles, her illustrations for a book on the city’s history published in 1898, and a comparative look at her representations of London. Furthermore, this chapter will consider the development of the theme of ‘old Dublin’ in fine art and popular discourse, and the relationship between Barton’s watercolours and the narrative of Dublin at the end of empire. This theme will be revisited and further explored in the final chapter of this volume.

Painting Dublin, 1886–1949

Visualising a changing city

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