Rooms Neatly Coloured
Painting and decorating the Dublin town house, 1789-1810
by Dr. Conor Lucey
Tuesday 7th December 2010
While the interior colour schemes of town houses designed by neo-classical architects, such as Robert Adam and John Soane, have been comprehensively researched and documented, those of the terraced house, more often representing the cumulative ‘product’ of the various building trades, remain largely elusive. This lecture addresses this lacuna by presenting new information regarding the interiors of Dublin’s town houses in the two decades either side of 1800; a period of prodigious building activity in the city. Primarily based on evidential documentary sources – principally the extensive papers of the measurer Bryan Bolger, now held at the National Archives of Ireland – this lecture also provides details of the colours and finishes allocated to the more important reception spaces.
Dr Conor Lucey is an architectural and design historian whose research interests are broadly centered upon the domestic architecture and material culture of the eighteenth century British Atlantic world. He is currently National University of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in History (2010/11), and is affiliated with UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland.
For the past six years he has developed lecture courses for undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the School of Art History & Cultural Policy at University College Dublin (UCD) and the Faculty of Visual Culture at the National College of Art & Design (NCAD). At present he is Acting Coordinator of the MA in Design History & Material Culture at NCAD.
He is the author of The Stapleton collection: designs for the Irish neo-classical interior (2007), and curated its accompanying exhibition - entitled Decorating the Georgian Interior - at the Irish Architectural Archive. He is editor of Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies (the journal of the Irish Georgian Society), and co-editor, with Dr Christine Casey, of a forthcoming book of essays entitled Eighteenth-century plasterwork in Ireland and Europe (2011).
The lecture is being held in the Helen Roe Theatre, 63 Merrion Square next Tuesday 7th December at 7pm
Cost €10 or €5 for full time students.
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