RDS: Dublin Drawing Schools

In 1746 the Dublin Society took over the running of Robert West's private school of art renaming it the Dublin Drawing Schools. The Schools offered free tuition to pupils in architectural, figure, landscape and ornament drawing and sculpture. The celebrated Cork artist James Barry (1741-1806) attended the Dublin Drawing Schools c.1760.

The Dublin Drawing Schools served as the foundation of the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art which in turn became the National College of Art and Design.