Lane’s Lore

Hugh Lane pencil portrait 1905

Art dealer and collector Sir Hugh Lane drawn by the artist John Butler Yeats in August 1905. At the time, Yeats was engaged in producing a series of portraits of notable Irish men and women, a commission he received from Lane who intended these works to form the core of a National Portrait Gallery for Ireland. Within three years he had instead established a modern art gallery in Dublin which continues to this day. To learn more about Lane, and about the controversy over a collection of Impressionist paintings after his unexpected death in 1915, you can now watch two short films featuring the Irish Aesthete:

9 comments on “Lane’s Lore

  1. Sandy says:

    Very interesting, thank you.

  2. Multimedia now as well?! You’re putting us all to shame.

    Really excellent and very interesting. There must be a TV series in the making from all of the content on this website alone?!

    Thanks for informing as always,

  3. Mary Heffernan says:

    Robert Extremely polished presentation. Love it. The music adds another beautiful dimension. I’m sure I should know it but if you get a moment let me know what it is. Many congrats.

    • Dear Mary,
      Thank you for that. I’ve emailed you, but meanwhile have set myself the task of finding out more of the music which, I agree, is awfully good: I shall let you know once I do so myself.

  4. Just getting round to watching these — very well presented, I agree! Good to put a face to the blog, too 🙂

  5. […] The Irish Aesthete; by Robert O’Byrne’s, especially his recent commemoration post on the 90th anniversary of Lane death, and his other post,  on the portrait series commissioned by Lane,  see these two links respectively:   90th anniversary of Lane’s death.      and:     Portrait series commissioned by Lane.   […]

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