Free Talk | Mary Palliser & Frederic William Burton | By Dr. Marie Bourke

FREE TALK AT WGOA: On Saturday 11 February, 13:30pm, hear Dr Marie Bourke’s fascinating talk on the painter-director Sir Frederic William Burton (1816-1900) – an artist renowned for creating ‘Ireland’s Favourite Painting’. Burton was born in Wicklow though his background was in Clare. Bourke will shed light on the career of this artist, renowned for his ‘The Meeting on The Turret Stairs’1864 (National Gallery of Ireland), and discuss some of the women in his life, notably his fiancée, Mary Palliser from Waterford.  Burton’s painting ‘Portrait of Mary Palliser’ (1871) can be seen on display in the current WGOA exhibition, ‘Portraits: People & Place’.

Dr Marie Bourke is a cultural historian and former Keeper-Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland. The author of ‘The Story of Irish Museums 1790-2000’(2013), she curated the National Gallery of Ireland’s recent Frederic William Burton exhibition ‘For the Love of Art.’  She is an Assessor on the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme chair of the RDS Arts Committee and, member of the board of the National Library of Ireland.

Tickets are free to this event. To guarantee a seat, for questions regarding accessibility, or further information, please email:

Waterford Gallery of Art, 31/32 O’Connell Street, Waterford W91 RR2R


11 Feb 2023


1:30 pm


Waterford Gallery of Art
31-32 O'Connell Street, Waterford

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