The Irish Arts Review has launched an Appeal to Save the Beit Paintings.
In 1976, Alfred Beit transferred the entire Russborough estate to the Alfred Beit Foundation as a charitable and educational trust with the object, in his own words, ‘of keeping the house and art collection intact, making it a centre for the arts and open to the public.’
The Alfred Beit Foundation proposes to sell a significant part of the Beit picture collection, including two paintings by Rubens, on the international market in July this year.
Writing in the Summer 2015 edition of the Irish Arts Review, John Mulcahy argues:
‘The decision by the Trustees of the Beit Foundation at Russborough House to despatch the most valuable part of the picture collection for auction in London may be understandable from their point of view. But it was a badly flawed decision and the intended sale should be put on hold immediately.’
The proposed sale has been criticized by An Taisce, the Irish Georgian Society, and the Irish Museums Association. The Irish Georgian Society’s representative on the board of the foundation, Robert O’Byrne, has resigned and Trinity College’s nominee on the Board, Professor Carmel O’Sullivan, has written of her ‘strong and unwavering opposition to the sale of any assets at Russborough’.
We hope you will support this Appeal by registering your signature here.
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