Russborough has been home to renowned art collections established by the 1st Earl of Milltown in the 18th century and Alfred Beit in the 19th. Inspired by Russborough's world-famous art, this collection of cushions mean you can now add a touch of artistic elegance to your own home. With eco-fibre filling and soft to the touch these cushions are sure to be a conversation piece and stylish addition to your home.
Spring by Rosalba Carriera
Venetian artist Rosalba Carriera’s work was in vogue among wealthy Grand Tourists during the 18th century. She was at the height of her fame when Joseph Leeson made his first trip to Venice in 1744. In her pastels Carriera created many imaginative allegorical personifications of the seasons. Here, a youthful Spring, is depicted clasping spring flowers.
During the ten-year build of Russborough, Joseph Leeson, later 1st Earl of Milltown, undertook two Grand Tours to Italy. The purpose was to collect art and acquire sophistication and taste for his new residence. Throughout his life Sir Alfred Beit was also a keen collector of 18th and 19th century art as well as his inherited collection of old master paintings.
This extraordinary collection of paintings from both the Milltown and Beit were donated to the National Gallery of Ireland by Lady Geraldine Milltown in 1902 and by Sir Alfred and Lady Clementine in 1987 where they can be viewed today.