The Dublin Civic Portrait Collection

Patronage, politics and patriotism, 1603–2013


Mary Clark

Hardback €36.00
Catalogue Price: €40.00
ISBN: 978-1-84682-584-2
May 2016. 238pp; colour illustrations, large format.

‘A richly illustrated work that races the organic growth of the collection and reconstructs its long and decidedly troubled history … the civic collection contains some superb portraiture in excellent condition, including works by George Romney, Thomas Hickey, Hugh Douglas Hamilton, Sir Thomas Lawrence, John B. Yeats, Seán Keating and Derek Hill, and we can now appreciate them thanks to Clark’s always insightful and often intriguing commentary’, David Dickson, Irish Arts Review (Autumn 2016).


‘A lavishly illustrated work that combines a guide to this wonderful art collection, an art history, an overview of the political history of the City and a treasure trove of excellently research biographies … This is an exceptionally beautiful publication that brings together the stories behind the civic portraiture works of some of Ireland’s finest artists and sculptors. This is not just and art history, it is a work of art in itself that introduces the citizens of Dublin to their own Civic Portrait Collection’, Michael Merrigan, Ireland's Genealogical Gazette (August 2016).