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Royal Hospital Kilmainham
Dublin 8, D08 FW31, Ireland
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The Madden Arnholz Collection, comprising some 2,000 Old Master Prints, was donated to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 1988 by Claire Madden, in memory of her daughter, Étaín, and son-in-law Dr Friedrich Arnholz. This collection of prints, dating from 1500 to the late 19th century, includes works by such masters as Brueghel, Dürer, Goya, and Rembrandt and is particularly strong in work by William Hogarth. This exhibition will focus on the works of this celebrated English painter and engraver, well-known for his brilliant satirical prints drawing on the preoccupying themes of his time. The Collection includes a number of complete sets of his most popular series, including Marriage-á-la-Mode, A Rake’s Progress and A Harlot’s Progress.

William Hogarth, A Rake’s Progress, Donation Madden Arnholz Collection, 1988, Irish Museum of Modern ArtWilliam Hogarth, Gin Lane, Donation Madden Arnholz Collection, 1988, Irish Museum of Modern ArtWilliam Hogarth, Strolling Actresses Dressing in a Barn, 1738, Etching and engraving, Donation Madden Arnholz Collection, 1988, Irish Museum of Modern Art

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William Hogarth 1697–1764

English artist William Hogarth attended Sir James Thornhill’s then recently opened art school. He worked in designing plates for booksellers until he began producing work on his own account. Hogarth first achieved financial success with his series A Harlot’s Progress in 1732. He helped found St. Martin’s Lane Academy, an important forerunner to the Royal Academy in 1735. His investigation into the aesthetic principles of art, Analysis of Beauty, was published in 1753.

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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.