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Online Lecture on the Rokeby Collection of Prints

Wednesday 22 September 2021 at 7.30pm Armagh Robinson Library

Join the Library's Curatorial Research Fellow, Dr Max Bryant, as he talks about his work cataloguing and researching Archbishop Richard Robinson's collection of prints, which is funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Along with his books, medals, coins and gem casts, Archbishop Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby of Armagh, bequeathed his collection of c.4,500 prints to the Library so they could be accessible to the public. Known as the 'Rokeby Collection', the prints date from the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, ranging from Dutch Mannerism, through the French Baroque, to the British eighteenth century. Particular strengths include the work of Claude Mellan, prints after Simon Vouet, British landscapes, and architectural views. The late Richard Godfrey, a noted prints expert, described the French prints in the collection as 'matchless' and 'one of the most interesting groups preserved outside Paris'. The Rokeby Collection is a very rare example of an intact print collection assembled in the eighteenth century, held in institutional hands. Taken as a whole, the significant collection offers an insight into the fashion and tastes of the late eighteenth century and the individual who brought them together.


Dr Bryant has a Ph.D. in History of Art from the University of Cambridge. Prior to joining Armagh Robinson Library, he was employed by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 


Cost: Free (Donations welcome)

Contact: Dr Robert Whan Telephone Number: 028 3752 3142