Making the Grand Figure

Lives and Possessions in Ireland, 1641–1770

Toby Barnard

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July 23, 2013
520 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 1/4
60 b/w + 10 color illus.
ISBN: 9780300204261
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This pioneering study of the material culture of Stuart and Hanoverian Ireland reveals unsuspected richness and diversity of lifestyle, habitat, and mentality. Like its highly praised predecessor, A New Anatomy of Ireland, it abounds with quirky people and vivid scenes and is a striking reappraisal of Ireland under the Protestant Ascendancy.

The book ranges from the governing elite of Dublin Castle to Dublin itself, to provincial towns and the countryside beyond, and even to the Irish in Britain and Europe. Toby Barnard describes varied buildings, gardens, pictures, and belongings, showing how possessions highlighted and widened divisions between rich and poor, women and men, Irish Catholics and Protestant settlers. The book allows Ireland for the first time to be integrated into discussions of the pleasures and pains of consumerism.

Toby Barnard, fellow and tutor in history at Hertford College, Oxford, is the author of A New Anatomy of Ireland, published by Yale University Press.

“This is the most exhaustive analysis of the phenomenon that was Ascendancy Ireland that is possible . . . all will be permanently indebted to the comprehensiveness and detail of this major contribution.”—Michael McCarthy, Irish Arts Review

“Toby Barnard has . . . made a heroic contribution to our understanding of the early modern material environment.”—John Brewer, Times Literary Supplement

“Barnard brings a deep knowledge of modern Ireland to this pioneering study of material culture in Stuart and Hanoverian Ireland. . . . This beautifully printed book is abundantly illustrated. . . . It will be of interest to students of Irish studies and material culture. Recommended.”—Choice
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