On Sale: October 2021
In the 1790s a young artist decided to create a portrait of Dublin. James Malton's timing was impeccable, as the second city of the British Empire was then among the most splendid in Europe, but Dublin went into a long decline after the Act of Union in 1800. Malton died in obscurity at the age of 38, and little is now known of him. However, today we owe the very idea of Georgian Dublin to this remarkable artist and his famous series of 25 prints, A Picturesque and Descriptive View of the City of Dublin. His prints, including depictions of Trinity College Dublin, the Four Courts, the Custom House, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and St. Stephen's Green, are admired by millions every year, and have become, as the Irish Times noted 'Ubiquitous to the point of invisibility'.
With commentary on each print from Trevor White, Director of the Little Museum of Dublin, and with essays from distinguished historians, this book explores Malton's life and times, the social fabric of Dublin and the political and economic turmoil of the time of the prints, and of course the buildings and scenes featured - along with photographs of how each View would look in today's Dublin. Presented here in a beautiful hardback edition, Malton's Views of Dublin would be an ideal gift for anyone wanting to have their own keepsake of this amazing series of prints and the Georgian city of Dublin they capture.