The art collection donated by the Port of Cork is estimated at €900,000

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The Port of Cork’s donation of its collection of art and historical pieces to the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork last year was estimated at almost €900,000.

Figures released by Revenue show tax authorities valued the donation of maritime artwork and other company artefacts at €891,000.

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A Panoramic View of Queenstown (Cobh), 1877. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork. By Robert Lowe Stopford

The Port of Cork Company has been able to benefit from tax relief under the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 for parties who donate assets.

The legislation provides that the semi-state commercial company obtains a tax credit.

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Paddle Steamer entering Cork Harbour, by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson, is already in the collection of the Crawford Art Museum.

As well as 17 Cork Harbor paintings, the collection also included a Cork Harbor Commissioners Ship Register, which recorded the Titanic’s visit to Cork in 1912 on her fateful maiden voyage.

A Preussischer Adler Steamship, circa 1856, by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson
A Preussischer Adler Steamship, circa 1856, by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson

Port of Cork made the donation at a time when the building that historically housed the collection on Custom House Quay was slated for major development, including the construction of a 34-storey tower that will include a 240-bedroom five-star hotel. .

The majority of the paintings in the collection date from the 19th century Cobh-born marine painter George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson, whose iconic paddle steamer entering Cork Harbor is already part of Crawford’s collection.

The Cork Harbor Collection also contains extremely rare and historic artifacts, including a silver oar from the Admiralty Yard of Cork Harbor dating from 1686.

View of the West Passage over the River Lee, 1849. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork..
View of the West Passage over the River Lee, 1849. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork..

The Crawford Art Gallery also received state funding of €400,000 in 2020 which it used to acquire works by contemporary Irish artists.

The gallery announced last year that it had acquired 225 works by 39 artists ranging from paintings, photographs, prints and drawings to sculptures, installations, digital films and sound works, textiles and embroidery.

Last July, the government confirmed a €29 million investment in the redevelopment of the 200-year-old gallery on Emmet Place in Cork.

The gallery, which attracts over 260,000 visitors a year, has a collection of over 3,000 works.

The SS Ibis Built in Cork in 1860, Lost Ballycroneen Bay, 1865. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
The SS Ibis Built in Cork in 1860, Lost Ballycroneen Bay, 1865. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
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