Portrait of a lady

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When: 01 January 1900

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The blessing of the Clonbrock Collection is that it gives us insights into a very privileged aspect of Irish society at a time of change. The wealth, the opulence, the comfort were contrary to the everyday experience of the majority of the population, yet these were people who took an active part in Irish life within their own milieu. Today's image of a room crowded with fine furniture and featuring the portrait of a beautiful young woman can wing us back to that era that is now, sadly, gone!

Photographers: Dillon Family

Contributors: Luke Gerald Dillon, Augusta Caroline Dillon

Collection: Clonbrock photographic Collection

Date: c.1900

NLI Ref: CLON1166

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    O Mac

    • 15/Feb/2019 09:26:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Is that a kangaroo she's holding?

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    • 15/Feb/2019 09:32:43

    There's a similar picture (a bit blurrier) dated as 1926, and marked as Library pictures, Mote

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    • 15/Feb/2019 09:47:15

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/91549360@N03 I don't think so. Perhaps it is a ... ♫ Doe, a deer, a female deer ...

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    O Mac

    • 15/Feb/2019 10:33:10

    It's a horse Young girl with long plaited hair embraces foal

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    O Mac

    • 15/Feb/2019 10:49:15

    It could possibly be an early portrait of Lady Augusta Dillon as she was from Mote Park.

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    • 15/Feb/2019 10:50:03

    Perhaps it is in the drawing room, not the library which had distinctive patterned wallpaper - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000523312

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    • 15/Feb/2019 12:48:08

    "insights into a very privileged aspect of Irish society at a time of change. The wealth, the opulence, the comfort" I see a different picture. The furniture and carpet look pretty worn and tatty, when this photo was taken. The walls do not look very clean. The picture on the wall, near the door frame is not straight. The wall has some very faint pattern on it. So, perhaps this family's best days had past. And, the young girl (a dear) is embracing a fawn (a young deer).

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    • 15/Feb/2019 13:54:18

    @Cassidy :-) maybe setting the painting up for an eBay sale !?