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'Carton House and its contents: collection and dispersal in context, 1729-1949’

23.02.2021, 15:00 P.M.

Individual case studies are an excellent way of examining the interplay between the various factors – political, economic, social, cultural, personal, public - that led to the dispersal of a country house collection, in this talk broadly defined as everything that was gathered to furnish and embellish Carton House in Kildare, the ancestral country home of the FitzGerald family, dukes of Leinster. This talk will chart the history of the dispersal of the Leinster collection, situating sales within a wider historical context, relating them to events outside the family’s control, as well as to the family’s personal misfortunes. Terence Dooley is a Professor of History at Maynooth University, where he is also Director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates. He is co-editor with Christopher Ridgway of Country Houses and their Collections: Past, Present and Future (forthcoming, Four Courts Press, 2021).

This is a virtual lecture and it is pre-recorded through Zoom. Members will be able to view the lectures for 7 days and will be accessed by a link sent out by email at 3pm.

Ticket Price: €10

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