ROBERT O’BYRNE – ‘LADY CAROLINE DAWSON: AN 18th CENTURY COUNTRY HOUSE GUEST’
In January 1778, Lady Caroline Stuart, a daughter of the third Earl of Bute, married John Dawson, future first Earl of Portarlington, and came to live in Ireland. Here much of her time was spent at her husband’s country seat Dawson’s Court, the forerunner to Emo Court, from where she wrote regularly to her sister Louisa in England. These lively, amusing letters tell of the Dawsons’ visits to other houses around Ireland, and provide vivid accounts of life among the aristocracy during the period immediately prior to the 1798 Rebellion. Robert O’Byrne will discuss Lady Caroline’s correspondence, and show pictures of many of the properties in which she stayed on her travels throughout Ireland.
Robert O’Byrne is a writer and lecturer specialising in the fine and decorative arts in Ireland, and is the author of more than a dozen books, among them ‘Luggala: The Story of a Guinness House’ and ‘Romantic Irish Homes’. A former Vice-President of the Irish Georgian Society, he is currently a trustee of the Apollo Foundation and the Artists Collecting Society. He writes a monthly column for Apollo magazine, and is also a contributor to The Burlington Magazine and the Irish Arts Review. Since 2012, he has written an award-winning blog – www.theirishaesthete.com – and a book of his photographs from this, entitled ‘The Irish Aesthete: Ruins of Ireland’, was published in February 2019.
Sunday 11th August 2019 | 3pm | The Dining Room | Free, but ticketed
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