Russborough House

Blessington , Co. Wicklow

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About Russborough House

Russborough House in Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

Russborough was built in 1741 by Joseph Leeson, the son of a wealthy brewer in Dublin. The architect was Richard Castle(Cassells), a great promoter of the Palladian style of architecture in 18th century Ireland. The house took approximately 10 years to build. Russborough is widely considered to be Richard Cassells's finest achievement.

Sir Alfred and Lady Beit bought Russborough in 1952, chiefly to hold their art collection. The major paintings belonging to the Beit Collection (Vermeer, Metsu, Goya etc.) are on view in the National Gallery of Ireland. (see Returned Paintings below)

In 1976, Sir Alfred and Lady Beit most generously gifted the house and the renowned art collection to the people of Ireland by establishing the Alfred Beit Foundation. In 1978 the house opened its doors to the public.

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