As it’s coming to the end of this years season here at the Casino, sadly my 6 month stint as blog writer for Paradise Lost: Lord Charlemont’s Garden at Marino has come to an end! I hope that you have enjoyed my posts and that they have made you curious about the exhibition curated by Mary Heffernan and Dr Rose Anne White and the wonderful garden paradise that Charlemont created here at Marino!
We’ve had a great season here, with so many local, national and international visitors coming to see the exhibition, as well as groups like the Irish Architecture Foundation Members, Marino Institute of Education Staff and the Northern Ireland Heritage Gardens Committee. A highlight was, of course, the Irish Georgian Society Annual Study Day which we were delighted was on Paradise Lost this year! There were amazing speakers throughout the day, as well as great debate and so much information! You can check out some photos of the day on our Facebook page!
William Laffan and Kevin V. Mulligan presented their new research ‘Accomodating the ‘graces of sculpture’: drawings by Giovanni Battista Cipriani for the attic statuary of the Casino at Marino’, in the Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies (XVI) Journal of The Irish Georgian Society. You can read the opening paragraphs of the article for free here (courtesy Gandon Editions, the authors and the Irish Georgian Society).
There were great articles in the Irish Arts Review Spring 2014 edition by Rose Anne White and in the IAR Autumn edition by Dr Ruth Musielak (who also wrote the text for the exhibition catalogue), in the Irish Times, The Phoenix and a lovely piece by Seamus O’Brien, Head Gardener at Kilmacurragh Arboretum, National Botanic Gardens, in The Irish Garden Magazine.
Paradise Lost curator Dr. Rose Anne White was interviewed about the exhibition on Dublin City 103.2fm on ‘Looking Back‘ the local history show, with Donal OhUllachain. Here’s the link to the podcast and the interview starts about 10.30 minutes in. Rose Anne also took part in a very interesting Irish History Reddit ‘Ask Me Anything‘, where users could literally ask her anything!
A huge thank you goes to the following institutions for their enthusiastic collaboration.
Dublin City Archives
Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane
Glucksman Map Library, Trinity College Dublin
Marino Institute of Education
Ordnance Survey Ireland
The Irish Georgian Society
The Lewis Walpole Library
The National Gallery of Ireland
The National Library of Ireland
The National Photographic Archive
The Royal Irish Academy
Yale Center for British Art
Within and alongside these, we are very grateful to Patrick Bowe, Mary Broderick, Matthew Cains, Margarita Cappock, Christine Casey, Patrick and Vicky Earley, Honora Faul, Paul Ferguson, Siobhán Fitzpatrick, Ciarán Fogarty, Emmeline Henderson, Anne Hodge, Patricia Hyde, William Laffan, Sandra McDermott, Dave McKeon, Síle McNulty-Goodwin, Ruth Musielak, Franc Myles, John O’Connell, Finola O’Kane, John Redmill, Finola Reid, Petra Schnabel, and Romilly Turton.
Special thanks to all at the Office of Public Works, who worked tirelessly to make the idea of Paradise Lost a reality, especially the team at the Casino, Alexandra Caccamo, John Cahill, Denis Carr, Willie Cumming, Colette Davis, Mick Doyle, Liam Egan, John Hayes, Matthew Jebb, Adrian Kennedy, Pauline Kennedy, David Levins, Clare McGrath, John McMahon, George Moir, Jacquie Moore, Elizabeth Morgan, Ciaran Murtagh, Aisling Ní Bhriain, Melissa O’Brien, Seamus O’Brien, and Ray Rafferty.
The exhibition and catalogue were expertly brought to life by the following specialists. Thank you to Audrey Brennan Productions, Conservation Letterfrack, Davison Photography, Gerard Crowley Modelmakers, Ingenious Ireland and Pat Liddy, Nicholson and Bass, Space Creative, Vermillion Design, and the Wellesley Ashe Gallery.
Don’t forget that you can come and visit the exhibition 7 days a week until the 31st of October, from 10am to 4pm, and you can always come back to the website here for reference. You will also still be able to download the walking tour app, specially commisioned by Ingenious Ireland, from the website, which especially with the autumn colours in the landscape, makes for a wonderful walk! And if you would like to contact us you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can find us at email@example.com.
It has been exciting writing the blog and getting to spend time with the works and really study them over the summer and I hope you’ve enjoyed it too! I’d like to say thank you to all our followers and readers and with that I’ll sign off!