About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/1866
  • First Name: Walter
  • Last Name: Osborne
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of Birth: 1859
  • Date of Death: 1903
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Watercolour
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Not Specified
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
    • Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.
    • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin.
    • Limerick City Gallery of Art (includes National Collection of Contemporary Drawing).
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Other

other Info Source:

Strickland's Dictionary of Irish Artists (1913)


1881 Taylor Art Award, RDS
1893 Bronze medal, World Columbian Exhibition, Chicago
1900 Bronze medal, Exposition Intrnationale, Paris


Sheehy, Jeanne, 'Walter Osborne' Gifford and Craven, Co. Cork, 1974.


1881 RHA Schools and Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin.
1883 Academie Royale des Beaux Arts, Antwerp.

Conservation Required

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Osbourne worked in Brittany, France, at Pont-Aven, Quimperle and Dinan from 1883-1884. A founder member of the Dublin Art Club he painted in an impressionistic style and was best known for his portraits, landscapes and Dutch-style genre scenes. In 1886 he was elected a member of the RHA. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases, hand written notes by Bruce Arnold, catalogues and photographs of the artist's work. Books on this artist are also available in store.