National Gallery of Ireland Act, 1854



An Act to provide for the Establishment of a National Gallery of Paintings, Sculpture, and the Fine Arts, for the Care of a Public Library, and the Erection of a Public Museum, in Dublin. [10th August 1854.]

Whereas it is expedient to establish a National Gallery of Paintings, Sculpture, and the Fine Arts in Ireland: And whereas it is also expedient to render Archbishop Marsh’s Library more conveniently accessible than it now is to the Inhabitants of Dublin: And whereas at the Close of the Great Industrial Exhibition of 1853 in Dublin a Subscription was entered into by several Individuals, both in Great Britain and Ireland, for the Purpose of commemorating the eminent public Services of William Dargan Esquire in founding and sustaining that Exhibition: And whereas the Royal Dublin Society for the Promotion of Husbandry and other useful Arts in Ireland is desirous of erecting a Public Museum for the Purposes of that Society:’ Be it therefore enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows: