Thursday, 24 March 2011

Bewick at IMMA.

Books, prints and a block by Thomas Bewick are on show in Dublin at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from 23rd March until 12th June 2011.

They form part of the 'Old Master Prints: The Madden Arnholz Collection' exhibition.
The Museum at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham gives further details on their website here.


'The Madden Arnholz Collection was generously donated by Claire Madden to the Royal Hospital in 1989 in memory of her daughter and son-in-law.  It includes some 1,200 Old Master prints – the collection of engravings by Hogarth alone numbers over 500 works and is among the most comprehensive print collections in existence by the artist.  The Collection also includes works donated in October 1998 following Claire Madden’s death.  These include a large collection of books containing prints by the English printmaker Thomas Bewick and his family, as well as unusual versions of the prints on silk and one of Bewick’s printing blocks, of which will also be included in the exhibition.
The original Madden Arnholz Collection was first shown at the RHK in 1987 before it was donated and shown again at IMMA featuring the Hogarth prints in 2007.  This exhibition consists of approximately 35 books from the Thomas Bewick collection and 80 Old Master prints. '

You can read an account of the collector's background here.

 The exhibition is curated by Janet and John Banville.

Illustration: Rembrandt van Rijn, The Great Jewish Bride, 1635. Etching, 21.3 x 6.2 cm. Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art. Donation, Madden / Arnholz Collection, 1989.

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