The RHA Gallery
The Royal Hibernian Academy, more than any other cultural institution in Ireland experienced the magnitude of the 1916 Rising. Academy House, the RHA’s original purpose-built building, bequeathed and designed by its second President, Francis Johnson (1760-1829) in 1825, was situated on Lower Abbey Street. On Thursday, 27th April 1916, Academy House, most of its contents and the entire Annual Exhibition of that year were destroyed by fire during the Easter Rising.
This presentation will observe the events that took place at Academy House in 1916 and the subsequent history of the Annual Exhibition and RHA premises using items from the RHA Archives and Permanent Collection. It features historical records, publications, photographs, correspondence and architectural plans that are an integral part of the history of the Academy. Further information via rhagallery.ie
Photograph courtesy of the RTÉ Archives