In a first for the group, Boyne Valley Plein Eire, visited the National Gallery on Saturday, Jan 11, 2014. Overall, a total of 15 were in attendance. While some members, painted in the locality, most of us went on the gallery visit, and took in the Turner watercolours, the gallery in general as well as the Irish section. There was much interchange of ideas and comment among members as we toured the gallery, and we even waited until 3pm when The Meeting on the Turret Staircase was unlocked and temporarily displayed. It was agreed that on the day, the most interesting painting in the entire gallery, was this portrait by Colin Davidson of literary figure, Michael Longley - a brillant mixture of finesse and bravura performance.
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