Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery

Dublin City Centre, Co. Dublin

The Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery was set up in 1908 with funds donated by Sir Hugh Lane (nephew of Lady Gregory of Abbey Theatre fame), who died when the Lusitania was torpedoed in 1915. His extensive personal collection, centered around French Impressionism, was donated to the “the nation.” Since the gift happened prior to Irish independence, serious debate ensued as to which nation he bequeathed his beloved collection. In 1960 Ireland and Britain reached a working agreement, to exchange halves of the collection every five years. In 1982 the British government made a grab for the whole lot. After much furor the matter was finally settled, with half of the collection permanently in residence at Hugh Lane.