Hugh Lane

Founder of a Gallery of Modern Art for Ireland

Barbara Dawson, with contributions from Jessica O'Donnell, Michael Dempsey, Logan Sisley

    ISBN: 978 1 85759 575 8

    Size: 304 x 246 mm / 9.75 x 12 in.

    Binding: Hardback

    Pages: 208

    In association with:

    Date published: October, 2008

    UK £35 /US $65


  • Published to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, and to celebrate the return to Dublin for the first time since 1913 of the 39 Lane Bequest paintings from the National Gallery, London, including Renoir’s Les Parapluies and Manet’s La Musique aux Tuileries
  • Features outstanding developments in art by Irish, British and continental artists in the late 19th and early 20th century, including Impressionist artists Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet and Claude Monet, as well as Constable, Corot, William Orpen and Jack B. Yeats among others
  • Will appeal to all those interested in developments in modern art from the mid 19th century to the Impressionists, from one of the most outstanding and significant collections in the world


This publication celebrates the pioneering achievement of Hugh Lane in founding a gallery of modern art, one of the world’s first, in Dublin a century ago. Lane was a Cork-born, London-based art dealer who was among the first to collect French Impressionist paintings. His ambition to establish a gallery of modern art, now Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, was realised in 1908 with an astonishing collection of Irish, British and Continental work gathered by Lane and his supporters. Many of the world-renowned treasures collected by Lane are illustrated in this volume, including all of his contested 39 Continental paintings, providing an insight into the man and his age. Impressionist masterpieces by Manet, Renoir, Monet and Morisot are reunited with Lane’s collection for the first time since they were removed from Dublin to London in 1913. Distinguished essayists explore the importance of Lane’s legacy.

Author information

Barbara Dawson is Director of the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; Logan Sisley is Exhibitions Curator; Jessica O’Donnell is Curator of Education and Research and Michael Dempsey is Head of Exhibitions.