Dublin Municipal Art Gallery project abandoned
Sir Hugh Lane has accused his opponents of misrepresenting during the course of the debate over his plans for a new art gallery. Photo: © National Portrait Gallery, London

Dublin Municipal Art Gallery project abandoned

Published: 20 September 1913

The proposed Dublin Municipal Art Gallery will not be built across the River Liffey. After another – final – debate at Dublin Corporation the proposal to build the gallery was defeated by 32 votes to 25 amidst emotional language from both sides. The Council stated that they felt the design was most unsuitable and impractical and are sending a message to Sir Hugh Lane asking him to leave the selection of a site and the design of the Gallery to the discretion of the Council.

The Dublin Art Gallery dispute, 1913: Robert O'Byrne on the controversy of Hugh Lane's proposals for a new art gallery in Dublin

The fallout from the decision has seen Sir Hugh Lane accuse his opponents of issuing ‘impudent lies’ and misrepresenting him. He had previously planned to donate his art collection to the city and contribute towards the cost of building a new gallery – designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens – across the River Liffey.

The paintings will be packed in crates later this week and sent to the National Gallery in London and to the Belfast Municipal Gallery.

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