Review: History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, Aidan Dunne, Irish Times, 5 January, 2019. See HERE.
The RHA were delighted to launch History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, published by Lilliput Press at the RHA on the 28 November, 2018.
Cited as "The most outstanding contribution to the visual arts to be published in Ireland this year” by Paul Caffrey, The Irish Arts Review, the History of the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts by John Turpin, is divided into two volumes that describe two different political, social and artistic worlds: Volume One: 1823 – 1916, From Foundation to the Rising and Volume Two, 1916 - 2010 The Academy in Independent Ireland.
Already critically acclaimed, “This book will provide an invaluable source for anyone interested in Irish art and for art historians, curators, auction houses, collectors – and for any student of 19th Century Irish history and society” Julian Campbell, The Irish Arts Review.
John Turpin was born in Dublin in 1945, educated at Blackrock College and studied art history at University College Dublin and the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. He was appointed professor of art history at the National College of Art and Design in 1975 and took over as its director from 1989 to 1994. He retired in 2005.
He has written extensively on Irish art and has published books on the sculptors John Hogan and Oliver Sheppard, as well as a history of the NCAD.