A look at the man who established the Dublin Municipal Gallery and died on board the Lusitania in 1915
'Great Art Beaten Down - The Lane Collection' was first broadcast in 1980, 65 years after the death of the art dealer and collector Hugh Lane.
Hugh Lane’s last will and testament bequeathed art to Dublin as long as a suitable building was provided to house the collection within 5 years of his death.
In this extract from the programme Sir Alec Martin in an interview recorded in 1965 talks about his friendship Hugh Lane and his talent for choosing art old and modern.
“I think it was remarkable, at that time, and in such a short period and without any training a man should have acquired, with his natural flair, such wonderful pictures.”
Great Art Beaten Down – The Lane Collection was first broadcast on RTÉ Radio on 7 June 1980.