Entrance hall at Russborough, Photo: Stephen Farrell
RUSSBOROUGH in County Wicklow is among the finest country houses of the eighteenth century in Britain and Ireland. Built for the Leeson family, later earls of Milltown, the house is a treasure trove of craftsmanship in plaster, wood and marble. Designed by Richard Castle and executed in the mid 1740s the work was carried out by ‘artificers from most parts of Europe’. As such the house is the optimum case study for the superlative standards of craftsmanship habitually demanded by Richard Castle. The CRAFTVALUE team was provided with extensive access to the interior by the curatorial team and is working to identify the sources of ornament and materials used throughout the building. We want to discover more about the source of the fine marble, stone and timber used at Russborough, about the design of its floors and fittings and about the European craftsmen who were active here in the 1740s. In June 2020 Christine Casey was appointed TCD’s representative trustee on the Alfred Beit Foundation, which is responsible for the care and management of Russborough.
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