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Join the library’s Curatorial Research Fellow, Dr Max Bryant, as he talks about his work cataloguing and researching the prints collection of Archbishop Richard Robinson

In 1794, along with his books, medals, coins and gem casts, Archbishop Robinson, 1st Baron Rokeby of Armagh, bequeathed 4,500 prints to the library he'd founded in Armagh in 1771. Known as the ‘Rokeby Collection’, the prints date from the 15th-18th centuries. The contents range from iconic works of printmaking by Goltzius and Nanteuil, to designs for decorative arts, to ephemeral satires and illustrations.

Robinson never articulated his intentions for the collection, and ordered his papers to be destroyed by his executors, leaving an ongoing question about what goals may have been expressed by the bequest. The question is compounded by variation in the collection, and its often surprising areas of focus.

This online talk (to be delivered on Zoom) will map the range of the Rokeby Collection, exploring it within the context of the library’s other founding collections, in order to offer a pathway to navigate one of Northern Ireland’s major public arts collections.

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

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