Lecture by Professor Roy Foster at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane


Professor Roy Foster, Professor of Irish History at Oxford University will present a keynote lecture on Sir Hugh Lane, in Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane,  today, Thursday, 7th May 2015 at 7pm, in honour of Sir Hugh Lane and the centenary of his death aboard the Lusitania.

The lecture entitled That Great Pictured Song: Hugh Lane’s Artistic Vision for Ireland, a Hundred Years On will examine the role Hugh Lane played in the cultural vision for modern Ireland and will demonstrate how he is one of the most significant Irish protagonists in the arts that shaped the vision for a new Ireland.

Hugh Lane and his supporters founded The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art (now know as Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane) in 1908 presenting a superb collection of 300 works to Dublin.  Professor Foster will also examine the disputed 39 painting which Lane called his “conditional gift” which are in the ownership of the National Gallery London.

The paintings were deposited in the National Gallery London in 1913 by Lane, in protest against Dublin Corporation failing to find a suitable site for a purpose built gallery to house the collection. His will of the same year left them to the National Gallery London, but in a codicil of 1915 he relented and left them back to the Municipal Gallery.  The codicil was signed but not witnessed and a British Commission set up to examine the issue found that the paintings should stay in London.

The controversy raged on until agreements to share the works began in 1957 and continues today.  Professor Foster will revisit this thorny issue ringing fascinating new thinking on the subject and his opinion as to where the paintings belong.


For further information contact:

Barbara Dawson, Director, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane T.  (01) 2225551

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Notes to the Editor:

This lecture is one of four of the Hugh Lane Living Legacy Lecture Series featured in the Visual Arts Programme of the #Bealtaine 2015 Festival.  Full programme details at http://bit.ly/Bealtaine15

Professor Foster’s biography from Oxford is available at: http://bit.ly/ProfRoyFoster