Walter Frederick Osborne. The Guinness Portrait

  • Family friendly
  • Free to visit

Saturday, 23 March 2024 - Sunday, 1 September 2024

Event times:

09:15 - 17:30

Event price:


About this event

This in-focus display will showcase Osborne’s outstanding 'Mary Guinness with her Daughter Margaret', presenting it alongside associated items, providing a fascinating insight into the artist’s planning for a major commission.

In early 2023, Walter Frederick Osborne’s full-length portrait of Mary Guinness with her Daughter Margaret was presented as a heritage gift to the National Gallery of Ireland. Awarded a bronze medal at the Paris International Exhibition of 1900, this piece was executed when Osborne was at the height of his powers as a portrait painter, featuring exemplary draughtsmanship and management of tone, and outstanding skills in the rendering of contrasting textures.

The gift included two related works – a drawing in pencil and a medium-sized sketch in oils – as well as the original silk gown that Mary Guinness wears in the portrait and is one of the key elements of the exhibition.

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