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Wicked Wit: Darly’s Comic Prints

11 September 2015 – 14 February 2016

Drawing on the Library’s own collections, this exhibition features over 100 hand-coloured, eighteenth-century etchings by the husband and wife team, Mary and Matthew Darly. From the time of their marriage, they worked in tandem designing, engraving and publishing prints using the signature, MD or MDarly

This printer-publisher team produced well over 500 comic images of 
Caricatures, Macaronies, and Characters from no. 39 Strand (London) between 1770 and 1780. At the height of their fame, carriages lined the streets so their occupants could titter at the images on display in Darly’s Comic Exhibitions, held every spring from 1773 to 1778.

By the end of the decade, they had become so popular that their publications were available throughout Great Britain and Ireland, Europe and even America. The name Darly became synonymous with the humorous images they produced. 

A richly illustrated catalogue to accompany the exhibition is availlable to purchase in the Library shop.

Damsels for Dinner: Tale of Oeyama

27 June 2015 – 31 January 2016

The Tale of Oeyama (大江山物語) is one of the best-known heroic stories from medieval Japan. It tells of the famous episode when Minamoto no Yorimitsu (948-1021), known as Raiko, slayed Shuten Doji, a demon described as an ogre, a kidnapper of pretty maidens and a cannibal disguised as a giant human being.   
The Chester Beatty’s mid-17th- century version of the story, produced in a set of three scrolls, are on display in the ‘Arts of the Book’ gallery until January 2016.  

The scrolls have recently undergone three years of extensive specialist conservation at the Restorient Studio, Leiden thanks to the generous support of the Sumitomo Foundation, Tokyo. This exhibition provides a unique opportunity for visitors to enjoy the scrolls on their return to Dublin.


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