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Women of Substance

Augustus Edwin John, Portrait of Iris Tree, c.1912-14. Collection and image Hugh Lane Gallery 

  • Exhibitions

19 May 2011 - 07 August 2011

Augustus Edwin John, Portrait of Iris Tree, c.1912-14. Collection and image Hugh Lane Gallery 

This exhibition draws on portraits of notable women found in the collection of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and features a selection of works by artists such as Philip de László, George Frederic Watts, John Singer Sargent, Giovanni Boldini, William Orpen, Antonio Mancini, James McNeill Whistler, Sarah Purser, Augustus John, Jacob Epstein, John Lavery and Maurice de Vlaminck. The sitters include numerous individuals connected with the arts, politics, industry, sports and fashionable society, with striking images of, amongst others, Lady Gregory, Maud Gonne, Lady Mary Heath, Lady Charles Beresford, Hazel Lavery, Iris Tree and Clementina Anstruther Thomson. The links between many of the artists and sitters are explored, and the works, spanning some 80 years, showcase the broad variety of art created during this time. Women of Substance celebrates the parts these women played in society, and challenges preconceptions of the role of women at a time of great social change when new possibilities for women became available.

Curated by Dr Margarita Cappock, Head of Collections

John Lavery, Mrs Lavery Sketching, 1910. Collection Hugh Lane Gallery

Maurice De Vlaminck, Opium, Collection Hugh Lane Gallery

Antonio Mancini, Portrait of Lady Gregory, 1906. Collection Hugh Lane Gallery

Augustus Edwin John, Portrait of Iris Tree, c.1912-14. Collection Hugh Lane Gallery

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

Installation view of Women of Substance, 2011,
Hugh Lane Gallery
Images by Denis Mortell

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Mrs Lavery Sketching Sir John Lavery 1910