Explore UCD

UCD Home >

Beranger Watercolours

Beranger page

Beranger Watercolour

UCD Library Special Collections holds 18th century watercolours depicting Irish antiquities by Gabriel Beranger.

(opens in a new window)Click here to view this entire collection in the UCD Digital Library.

Identity Statement

Reference code IE/ UCD/SC/WAT

Beranger Watercolours.


Level of Description

39 items.


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

Photocopying or digital photographing of this material is not permitted.


Finding Aid
Descriptive list.

Allied Materials
Gabriel Beranger material is also held at the (opens in a new window)National Library of Ireland and the (opens in a new window)Library of the Royal Irish Academy.

More Information

View the collection online in the (opens in a new window)UCD Digital Library.

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

UCD Special Collections

James Joyce Library, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
T: +353 1 716 7149 | E: special.collections@ucd.ie