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/2031
  • First Name: Hilda
  • Last Name: Roberts
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1901
  • Date of Death: 1982
  • Place of Birth: Dublin
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
    • Sculpture
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Bronze
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Portraiture
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 12
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Ulster Museum, Belfast.
    • Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Dublin.
    • National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
    • Limerick City Gallery of Art (includes National Collection of Contemporary Drawing).
    • Waterford Municipal Art Collection.
    • Other

other Info Source:

Snoddy's Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century (1996)


1924 RDS. Taylor Art Award
1925 RDS Taylor Art Award
1925 Californian Gold Medal for Sculpture
1932 Aonach Tailteann Exhibition Prize


National Gallery of Ireland & Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, Irish Women Artists, Dublin, 1987


1924 Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin.
1925 London Polytechnic.
1926 La Grande Chaumiere Studio, Paris.

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Roberts was predominantly a portrait painter. She also created several illustrations, drawings, embroideries and sculptures. She married Arnold Marsh, the headmaster of Newtown School, Waterford in 1932 and was involved in setting up the Waterford Art Exhibitions, which later led to the establishment of a permanent art collection in Waterford City. File contains newspaper clippings, press releases and a catalogue with images of the artist's work.