The Madden-Arnholz Collection of Old Master Prints includes works by such masters as Pieter Brueghel, Jacques Callot, Albrecht Dürer, Francisco de Goya, William Hogarth and Rembrandt van Rijn.
The Collection was donated to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 1989 by Claire Madden in memory of her daughter Étain and son-in-law Dr Friedrich Arnholz. Dr Arnholz, who was Jewish, had been forced to leave Berlin in the late 1930s, because of the Nazi regime. He went to London and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Second World War and later set up a private practice. He was an avid collector of prints and, both in Britain and through regular visits to the continent, built up a significant collection. It included German, Flemish, Dutch and British works, spanning the period between the beginning of the 16th century and the early 20th century. German printmakers of the Dürer period are well represented, but the most comprehensive part of the collection is the remarkable group of prints by and after William Hogarth. While not complete this is a valuable collection, with several proofs of Hogarth’s single prints and sequences of ‘modern moral subjects’ in various states.
Following the death of Clare Madden in October 1998 the collection was augmented by the addition of a large collection of books containing prints by the English printmaker Thomas Bewick and his family. Related items in this bequest include unusual versions of the prints on silk and one of Bewick’s printing blocks. The exhibition consists of approximately 35 books from the Thomas Bewick Collection and 80 prints.
The exhibition is curated by Janet and John Banville.