Saturday, 10th APRIL 2021   ZOOM at 11:30

Bláithín Hurley *

“Richard Arthur Millikin and the Cork Society for Promoting the Fine Arts (1815)”


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Richard Alfred Millikin (1767-1815) had the idea of establishing an Academy in Cork, where a collection of the best specimens of artworks possible, should be provided to serve for the study of young artists. These artists would have free access to it, while any expenses incurred would be defrayed by the proceeds of an annual exhibition. By using his contacts in the worlds of business and art, in early nineteenth-century Cork, Millikin succeeded in establishing The First Munster Exhibition of Original Paintings in April 1815, to be repeated annually. This paper will explore the life and legacy of Millikin, demonstrating that without this pioneering man, world-renowned artists like Daniel Maclise and John Hogan would not have received a classically-inspired artistic training in their own city.

Bláithín Hurley

Dr. Bláithín Hurley is a Lecturer in History of Art at University College Cork.  A graduate of UCC, University of Warwick and University of Cambridge, Bláithín’s research interests include the music and art of Renaissance Venice, and the cultural life of nineteenth-century Ireland.  She has presented widely in her fields in Ireland, the UK, Italy and Switzerland.  Bláithín’s forthcoming publications are:  The Barber Music Teacher in Early-Modern Venice (Brepols, 2019); ‘A Virtue to be Esteemed of: Music of the Veneto as Encountered by Thomas Whythorne (Brepols, 2020); The Changing Face of Saint Cecilia: Women and Music in Renaissance Italy (Brepols, 2020).



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