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Famous but Forgotten? Two distinguished Irishmen in Early Georgian Dublin

  • Date(s)
    Wednesday, 14 March 2018
  • Time(s)
    From 2:30 PM
  • Venue
    Oak Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

About the event

This seminar is structured around a portrait which is on loan to the Mansion House from the Office of Public Works. It is a painting by Charles Jervas of Gabriel Stokes. Both men were very well-known in early Georgian Dublin but their fame has been somewhat eclipsed since then. However, they were both outstanding in their fields as this seminar will reveal. Born in Co Offaly but later resident in Dublin, the artist Charles Jervas (1668/9-1739) rose to become principal portrait-painter to George I and later to his son George II. Gabriel Stokes (1682-1768) Dubliner, land-surveyor and mathematical instrument-maker, was perhaps best-known as a cartographer, producing his first map in 1716.  He rose to become Deputy Surveyor General of Ireland.


2.00pm -  Tea, coffee and cakes

2.30pm -  Fáilte le Micheál Mac Donncha, Ardmhéara Atha Cliath

2.40pm -  From County Offaly to St James’s Palace:  The role of nationality and fame in the career of Charles Jervas  - Caroline Pegum: chaired by William Derham, OPW

3.20pm -  Dublin’s cartographic polymath:  Gabriel Stokes – mathematical instrument-maker, surveyor and engineer - Dr Finnian O Cionnaith: chaired by Michael Phillips, former City Engineer

4.00pm -  Seminar concludes

About the speakers

Caroline Pegum is an independent art historian researching British and Irish artistic training, production and patronage c.1680-c.1730. A graduate of University College Dublin, her MPhil thesis at the University of Birmingham examined the artistic and literary career of the Irish-born portraitist Charles Jervas (1668/69-1739), with particular analysis of the social, political and ethnic character of his patron-base. She is preparing a catalogue raisonné of his surviving and documented work for publication by the Walpole Society. She has published on Jervas and other Irish artists of the late seventeenth century, and co-edited Irish Fine Art in the Early Modern Period, (Irish Academic Press, 2016). Future research for publication includes the practice of the Catholic Jacobite painter Garret Morphey (c.1650-1716) in collaboration with Dr Jane Fenlon. Caroline works at the National Portrait Gallery in London, managing a professional development network for curators and portrait history academics throughout the UK. She has previously worked at the OPW in Dublin, English Heritage, and Christie’s auction house in London.

Dr. Finnian O'Cionnaith currently works in an international capacity using mapping to assist global businesses with their growth. Graduating from DIT with a diploma in surveying, he completed a PhD in history from Maynooth in 2011 and is an active researcher on the historical use of spatial measurement in Ireland. He has written two books - Mapping, Measurement and Metropolis: How land surveyors shaped eighteenth-century Dublin (2012) and Exercise of authority: surveyor Thomas Owen and the Paving, Cleansing and Lighting of Georgian Dublin (2015) - and is currently working on a third piece covering the lives of several notable Irish surveyors.


Free and all are welcome to attend. Please note admission will be on a first-come, first served basis as the Oak Room seats 80 guests.

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