The Hamwood Artists House Tour

Book a tour to learn about Hamwood House and its occupants over the centuries and see the beautiful art works by the various talented family Artists such as Caroline , Letitia and Eva Hamilton.

Caroline Tighe was born in 1777 , the same year as Hamwood was built and married Charles 11 in 1801. She excelled in satirical works poking fun at the aristocracy and their extravagant lifestyles. Her education especially in art was conducted in Harrow , London under John Spilsbury (father off Maria Spilsbury / Taylor) who taught her skill in pencil drawings which he was a master at. Caroline was also extremely influential in the design and furnishing of the house as well as establishing the library with her husband. Furthermore the home-educated her children. She was also a cousin of Sarah Ponsonby , one of the renowned Ladies of Llangollen.

Letitia and Eva were Caroline’s great grand daughters and were both highly respected in the post modernist art movement . Letitia specialised in landscapes and won an Olympic medal for her art in 1948. Eva was a brilliant portrait artist having studied under Sir William Orpen but being the eldest found household duties got in the way of her work, which meant Letitia was far more prolific.

Since Charles 1 the Hamiltons managed the estates including Carton near Maynooth for the Dukes of Leinster and a great relationship evolved with each generation until the tragic demise of that family in the post was years. Carton eventually became a hotel and golf resort.

Hamwood is full of interesting artwork , furniture and architectural features , and has retained much of the same character as when it was built.

Dates: 13th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 21st August

Time: 3pm

The talk and tour will take approx 1 hour

Please book online by Wednesday 10th August

Price: €15

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