Illustrated Talk: Orla Fitzpatrick

Photography, femininity and leisure: Augusta Crofton Dillon’s photographic practice, 1865 to 1895.

Lismore Castle Arts

08 Sept, 2023

08 Sept, 2023

Lismore Castle Arts, Co. Waterford

7:00pm

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This informal illustrated talk will explore the photographic practice of Augusta Crofton Dillon (1839 – 1928) of Mote Park House, Roscommon and Clonbrock House, Ahascragh, Galway. Crofton was a talented amateur photographer. Her work is included in one of Ireland’s finest photographic collections – the Clonbrock Collection at the National Library of Ireland – and is highly sought-after by private collectors worldwide.

Orla Fitzpatrick has an extensive knowledge of historical photographic practices in Ireland. In her research into Augusta Crofton’s work she has examined a wide range of previously neglected source materials. In this talk, Fitzpatrick will draw on her close examination of Crofton’s diaries and personal account books. They span a thirty-year period from 1865 to 1895 and reveal new insights into Crofton’s experiments with the wet plate collodion process in the 1860s through to her adoption of later technologies and handheld instant cameras.

€10, includes refreshments. Friends Scheme Members €8
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Photo: Augusta Crofton outside the Collodion House, Mote Park, Roscommon, 1865. Courtesy Clonbrock Collection, CLON21, National Library of Ireland


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