Beranger Watercolour Collection

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Beranger Watercolour

UCD Library Special Collections holds18th century watercolours depicting Irish antiquities by Gabriel Beranger.

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Identity Statement

Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/WAT

Title
Beranger Watercolours.

Dates
[1700s-1820s?].

Level of Description
Fonds.

Extent
39 items.

Context

Creator
Gabriel Beranger (1729-1817).

Biographical History

  • Gabriel Beranger was born in the Netherlands. He moved to Dublin in 1750.
  • During the 1760s Beranger sketched ruins and standing buildings and other sites of interest in the Dublin area.
  • He exhibited at the Society of Artists from 1763 to 1768, contributing landscapes, sea pieces, and ‘medleys’. 
  • In 1773 Beranger and another artist, Angelo Bigari, made a tour of western Ireland in 1779.

Source of Acquisition
Purchased by UCD in 1968-9.

Scope and Content

  • 39 18th century watercolour drawings, done by or for Gabriel Beranger, and known as the ‘Beranger’ watercolours.
  • The subjects of the drawings are antiquarian sites containing general views and details of, principally, churches, abbeys and castles.
  • There is a small amount of pre-historic subjects.

Access and Use

Access
The materials in this collection are available by appointment only to research students, reaching staff and scholars. Research students should have a letter of recommendation from their supervisor.

Reproduction
Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.

Language
English.

Finding Aid
Descriptive list.

Allied Materials
Gabriel Beranger material is also held at the National Library of Ireland and the Library of the Royal Irish Academy.

More Information

View the collection online in the UCD Digital Library.

Find Information on Gabriel Beranger in the Dictionary of Irish Biography (UCD only).