The Library - Online Exhibitions

Botanical Art, Archives and Rare Books

The library is currently closed, but we would like to showcase some of the treasures from our collection with a series of online exhibitions

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The Gumbleton Bequest

The Gumbleton Bequest was made in 1911 by William Edward Gumbleton from Cobh, Co. Cork.  It is a collection of botanical and horticultural works, chiefly from the nineteenth century, many of which are hand-painted folio volumes.  The exhibition outlines a few of its highlights. 


The Orchid Paintings of Glasnevin

The Orchid Paintings of Glasnevin, highlights the botanical art collection held in the Library at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin and focuses on the orchid paintings by Lydia Shackleton and Alice Jacob.