COOPER'S IRELAND

Drawings and Notes from an Eighteenth Century Gentleman

By
Peter Harbison
Cooper's Ireland

Austin Cooper created a beautiful and unique record of Ireland's architectural treasures. Now, for the first time, Cooper's finely executed drawings have been gathered together and published in their entirety.

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Austin Cooper created a beautiful and unique record of Ireland's architectural treasures. Now, for the first time, Cooper's finely executed drawings have been gathered together and published in their entirety

The 'real' job of Austin Cooper (1759-1830), as one of His Majesty's tax collectors working out of the Treasury in Dublin, might not have been the most romantic occupation. Yet it was this position and the travel it involved that enabled the young Cooper to indulge the greatest passion of his life - sketching the ancient buildings and monuments of Ireland. From 1781 to 1793, this dedicated and prolific artist focused on Ireland's castles, abbeys, churches and round towers, both complete and ruined, and filled two albums with beautifully executed pen-and-ink drawings.

Today these albums bequeath to us a detailed collection of topographical drawings, including gems such as Abbeyville House, Kinsealy, and many more. Yet the significance of Cooper's collection lies less in its artistic quality, and more in its importance as a document of the times - the great period in Ireland's history that saw Grattan's Parliament flourish, and Gandon adorn Georgian Dublin with masterpieces. Cooper has, in fact, faithfully recorded Ireland's architectural heritage, creating a unique and irreplaceable memoir.

Dr Peter Harbison is honorary academic editor of the Royal Irish Academy, Professor of Archaeology at the Royal Hibernian Academy, and an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Dublin. He studied archaeology at UCD and the University of Marburg and was editor of
Ireland of the Welcomes for nine years. He is the author of some thirty-five books on Irish archaeology and art, published on both sides of the Atlantic, including Guide to National and Historic Monuments of Ireland, Cooper’s Ireland, The High Crosses of Ireland, and Pre-Christian Ireland.

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