Vice-Regal Lodge Boudoir, Dublin City, Co. Dublin

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We have very special edition for you today - we are posting 3 photos for you to enjoy.

Sabina Higgins, wife of President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, officially launched our “Photo Detectives” exhibition in September.

During the event we discussed our catalogue of old photographs of Áras an Uachtaráin (the official home of the President of Ireland), and we made a promise to select a number of the photos and to share them here on Flickr.

Áras an Uachtaráin, formerly the Vice Regal Lodge, is now the official residence and principal workplace of the President of Ireland. It is located off Chesterfield Avenue in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. The building, designed by Nathaniel Clements and completed in 1751 and added to over the years, is open to the public each Saturday.

As usual we look forward to your comments and observations. And, of course, Photo Detectives is running at the National Photographic Archive in Temple Bar, Dublin, 7 days a week - make sure to drop in if you get a chance!

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between circa. 1865-1914

NLI Ref: L_ROY_00355

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2017 07:56:43

    If you would like to take a closer look at this photo we suggest you use the Megazoom facility in our Catalogue, just click on the NLI Ref above.

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    • 10/Nov/2017 08:09:49

    “This wallpaper is terrible - one of us will have to go!” Oscar Wilde

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2017 08:21:24 One of my colleagues in Library towers made the following comment about the general decoration. Overwhelming thing that struck me on first view was that the then residents were enthusiasts of orientalism, the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Nouveau design. The dado wallpaper with its use of dawn and dusk symbols looks to be directly influenced by the stylized flower forms of C.F.A Voysey’s work and Alphonse Mucha’s “Documents Décoratifs” . The chairs have been loosely and not that expertly covered in a Japanese style design of cranes, peonies and quince or cherry blossoms. The rugs look to be near eastern in design and the firescreen shows a kingfisher (I think), reeds and waterlilies, which I think are painted, rather than embroidered. The panel could be closely woven silk or panel in Chinese or Japanese style, if not origin.

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    • 10/Nov/2017 08:26:59

    What is that bear think, above the chair? I have flipped it in this capture[email protected]/24423506318

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    • 10/Nov/2017 08:35:09

    [[email protected]] ^ Weird ! Reverse view - - trying to find a calendar in all the clutter for a date.

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    Dún Laoghaire Micheál

    • 10/Nov/2017 11:21:28

    Isn't it interesting to see how living rooms are laid out when there's no TV to consider.

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    • 10/Nov/2017 11:40:48

    How is it possible to have a waist, like the lady on the right?[email protected]/24423508068

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    • 10/Nov/2017 11:42:48

    This fellow looks familiar, I first thought a young Churchill but now I am not sure.[email protected]/24423509438

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    • 10/Nov/2017 11:56:26

    Very interesting shot. The large axe on the shelf looks quite incongruous among all the other knickknacks. A gift/ceremonial item? (Looks to be silver plated...)

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    Bernard Healy

    • 10/Nov/2017 12:48:52

    [[email protected]] You might be on to something with the Churchill reference. John Spencer, 5th Earl Spencer was twice Lord-Lieutenant of Ireland. As Churchill was related and physically resembled some of the Spencer family (e.g. Fr Ignatius Spencer), it's possible that this might be one of the Spencers.

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    • 10/Nov/2017 13:44:19

    potted palm is great

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    • 10/Nov/2017 21:11:42

    Electricity happened in 1908 - I think this before that, otherwise Mr French would have switched the lights on and ruined his long exposure. The light is coming from a window at left. Mr French has been very clever in avoiding the camera reflecting in the mirror behind the shelves (see note). The reverse view has many more family photos which might connect to a particular Viceroy -

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    • 13/Nov/2017 22:39:18

    Many thanks for the lovely photos of Michael and Sabina’s house. Very historic building in fantastic location. By any chance did Sabina say anything about long term home improvement plans for the next seven years?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Nov/2017 23:50:30

    No[email protected]. Mostly we chatted about the kids. As most parents do. Must ask about the new tiles over the next cuppa :)

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    • 15/Nov/2017 08:32:36

    fascinating time capsule!