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India in Art in Ireland

Edited by Kathleen James-Chakraborty

© 2016 – Routledge

170 pages

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Hardback: 9781472458995
pub: 2016-04-05

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India in Art in Ireland is the first book to address how the relationship between these two ends of the British Empire played out in the visual arts. It demonstrates that Irish ambivalence about British imperialism in India complicates the assumption that colonialism precluded identifying with an exotic other. Examining a wide range of media, including manuscript illuminations, paintings, prints, architecture, stained glass, and photography, its authors demonstrate the complex nature of empire in India, compare these empires to British imperialism in Ireland, and explore the contemporary relationship between what are now two independent countries through a consideration of works of art in Irish collections, supplemented by a consideration of Irish architecture and of contemporary Irish visual culture. The collection features essays on Rajput and Mughal miniatures, on a portrait of an Indian woman by the Irish painter Thomas Hickey, on the gate lodge to the Dromana estate in County Waterford, and a consideration of the intellectual context of Harry Clarke's Eve of St. Agnes window. This book should appeal not only to those seeking to learn more about some of Ireland's most cherished works of art, but to all those curious about the complex interplay between empire, anti-colonialism, and the visual arts.


"Danielle Mason's chapter in Kathleen James-chakraborty's edited volume, India in Art in Ireland, is a fascinating exposition of Chester Beaty's renowned collection of Islamic manuscripts."

- Cleo Cantone

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors


Barry Finnbarr Flood



Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Chapter 1: From Personal Collections to Cultural Portal: India, Ireland, and the Chester Beatty Library

Darielle Mason

Chapter 2: Loss and the Families of Empire: Thoughts on an Irish artist’s Portrait of a bibi

Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Chapter 3: The Dromana Gate: An Indian Fantasy in Ireland

Kathleen James-Chakraborty

Chapter 4: Style/Theosophies: Character and Descent in the Celtic Revival

Arindam Dutta


Kathleen James-Chakraborty


About the Editor

Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History, University College Dublin, Ireland.

About the Series

British Art: Histories and Interpretations since 1700

This series exists to publish new and rigorous scholarship of the highest quality on British art after 1700. Proposals will offer new bodies of research or new interpretations, ideally both, and should demonstrate a clear awareness of the proposed volume's contribution to current and wider art-historical debates. We define British art broadly to mean art made in the British Isles or by British artists, and particularly welcome proposals which address the topic from international or comparative cultural perspectives. We also welcome proposals for intellectually ambitious studies concerning more localised areas, issues and themes within British art during this period. Above all, we encourage proposals for books on British art which transcend the descriptive in order to offer a broader methodological and/or historiographical contribution to the discipline of art history.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / European
ART / History / Medieval
ART / History / Contemporary (1945-)
ART / History / Romanticism
ART / Asian
ART / Art & Politics
HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain
HISTORY / Asia / India & South Asia
HISTORY / Europe / Ireland