Paintings a lost cause

NINE months ago I drew attention to the wall paintings by the 18th century Cork painter, Nathaniel Grogan, at Mt Vernon House in Cork, which are at the mercy of the elements.

The Dublin branch of the Irish Georgian Society took up the matter but has had no success in getting the Cork County Council to react. The Crawford Gallery has shown no interest; in light of its exhibition of the paintings of Grogan's contemporary, James Barry, that strikes me as a little unsettling; the Cork branch of the Irish Georgian Society has not bestirred itself nor anyone at UCC.

What an appalling record for a city which, last year, preened itself as the cultural capital of Europe.

Peter O'Shaughnessy

19 St John's North

The Broadway

Winchester SO23 9BD


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