Glamorous, old, and vanishing Dublin
in Painting Dublin, 1886–1949
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Returning to the theme of ‘old Dublin’, this chapter will examine the contributions of Estella Solomons (1882–1968) and Flora H. Mitchell (1890–1973) to publications on Dublin in the 1920s and 1960s, respectively. The first section of the chapter focuses on Solomons’ training, early revolutionary activity, and her interest in the etching revival, before exploring the eight etchings included in The Glamour of Dublin (1928) in more detail. The second section of the chapter examines Flora Mitchell’s 1966 publication, Vanishing Dublin, which gathered fifty of the artist’s watercolours of streets, buildings, and other landmarks, considering them in relation to contemporary demolition and redevelopment projects. Mitchell’s representation of the disappearing city encapsulates the issues present in the longer history of painting Dublin.

Painting Dublin, 1886–1949

Visualising a changing city

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