We are very sorry to announce that the publication of the Director’s talk will be delayed. We do expect to have this webinar video available shortly and will announce its publication on our social media channels when it is ready.
Join Fionnuala Croke, Director of the Chester Beatty, for this recorded webinar.
70 years ago, in 1950, Beatty presented part of his collection of French nineteenth-century paintings to the Irish Nation as a token of his appreciation to the Taoiseach of the day, John A. Costello, for his support and assistance to Beatty in facilitating his move to Dublin. The paintings arrived in the National Gallery in the spring and the gift was officially announced a few months later, in July 1950. Beatty, tantalisingly, intended to make an even more significant gift to the Gallery; following the death of his wife in 1952, Beatty wanted to donate her splendid collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. This talk explores this episode in Beatty’s life and the sorry saga which ensued!