On 28 March, 2008, An Post issued a stamp to commemorate the Centenary of the opening of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.
The Gallery was established by Hugh Lane in 1908. Believed to be the first gallery of modern art in the world, it houses one of Ireland's most impressive collections of modern and contemporary art. Among its recent acquisitions is Francis Bacon's Studio and seven of his unfinished paintings, a collection of paintings presented by internationally renowned painter Sean Scully and significant representations of contemporary Irish art practice.
The stamp features a portrait of Hugh Lane painted in Rome by the Neapolitan artist Antonio Mancini (1850-1930). Mancini subsequently came to Dublin for a time in 1908 to carry out Lane's commission of twelve paintings which formed part of the original collection. The stamp and first day cover were designed by Q Design.
Date of Issue: 28 March 2008