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GEORGE PETRIE (179o-1866)

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Originally appearing in Volume V21, Page 316 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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GEORGE PETRIE (179o-1866)  , Irish
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antiquary, was the son of James Petrie, a native of Aberdeen, who had settled in
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Dublin as a portrait and
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miniature painter . He was born in Dublin in
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January 1790, and was educated as an artist . Besides attaining considerable reputation as a painter of Irish landscape, he devoted much time to the
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illustration of the antiquities of the country . In 1828 he was appointed to conduct the antiquarian and
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historical section of the ordnance survey of Ireland . In 1832 he became editor of the Dublin Penny Journal, a periodical designed to disseminate information among the masses, to which he contributed numerous articles on the
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history of the
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fine arts in Ireland . Petrie may be regarded as the first scientific investigator of Irish archaeology, his contributions to which are also in themselves of much importance . His Essay on Round Towers, for which in 183o he received the prize of the Irish Academy, still ranks as a standard
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work . Among his other ' contributions to Irish archaeology are his Essay on the Military Architecture of Ireland and his History and Antiquities of Tara Hill . He died on the 17th of January 1866 . See the
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Life and Labours in
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Art and Archaeology of George Petrie, by William Stokes (1868) .

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