Irish Art from 1800 - 1850 Research Paper by writingsensation

Irish Art from 1800 - 1850
A look at the influences on Irish art and how it changed between the years 1800 and 1850.
# 91354 | 1,907 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Dec 27, 2006 in Art (History) , Art (General)

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This paper describes the social, political and economic conditions in Ireland, between 1800 and 1850, that influenced Irish art of that era. The paper explains that Irish art at that time was significantly influenced by Ireland's push for independence and the great potato famine and that these two events helped move Irish art away from an emphasis on classical motifs and towards an emphasis Celtic motifs.

From the Paper:

"Maria Edgeworth, a novelist, also could be assumed to have had a hand in altering the pictorial content of Irish art from the neoclassical, if somewhat infused with Celtic motifs, to the shamelessly Romantic. Edgeworth, born in 1798, was born in England but came as a very young child to Ireland. She died in 1848; her working period, therefore, coincided perfectly with the change from the Ascendancy and classicism to a more Romantic view of the world. "Her novels Castle Rackrent and Ennui (1809) feature plots in which peasants reclaim Irish land." In the paintings favored by the Ascendancy, the subject matter was more likely to be the Ascendancy, or its horses, dogs and fine houses, all done in a neoclassical style with the addition of some Celtic symbolism, particularly as it was the Ascendancy that had worked to popularize four motifs; the shamrock, the Irish wolfhound, the harp, and Brian Boru's Tara brooch."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Cork Art History, Crawford Gallery, undated. Accessed 17 November 2005 at
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