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To see the painting of the girl and her dog up close, a painting rather different than so many of Gainsborough’s other portraits … very moving.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gainsborough

 

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The poem, Song of the Mad Prince, was part of Walter de la Mare’s collection Peacock Pie (1913). Clarke dresses his prince in an Elizabethan style as he stands before his mother and father. A variety of colors and tones are achieved by plating and etching of two planes of glass. It is a small piece actually with a custom case of walnut produced for a friend and patron of Clarke, Thomas Bodkin, who at one point was Director of the National Gallery of Ireland.

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Sources and Additional Reading

http://onlinecollection.nationalgallery.ie/objects/2389/the-song-of-the-mad-prince

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/song-of-the-mad-prince/

 

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I’ve long known of Harry Clarke and his illustrations and during previous trips to Dublin I learned of his work in stained glass, like at Bewley Cafe, but for this trip I was a bit by the seat of my pants and so I did not know there was some of his glass on exhibit at the National Gallery. And as we chanced upon his work, a docent for the museum led in a group and began to talk about why Clarke was so special in his use of layered glass for jeweled effect and his use of dark colors to direct the eyes of the viewer to the lighter glass to see what he wanted you to see. One window on view was the Mother of Sorrows, depicting the story of Mary holding the lifeless body of her son.

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According to an accompanying curatorial note, the window had been designed as a WWI memorial but instead became a memorial to Sister Superior Mary of Saint Winifred who had commissioned it.

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In addition to Mary holding Jesus, St. Francis stands to one side and St. Catherine on the other.

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And always angels looking on.

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The window is currently on view at the National Gallery. Entrance is free (though not all exhibits are free).

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Clarke

https://www.nationalgallery.ie/

 

 

 

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… and so we walked into the Church of the Assumption Howth. Howth is a fishing village east of Dublin and easily accessible via DART, the public rail transportation system. We were walking, quite frankly trying to find another destination, when we noticed a church and though there did not immediately appear to be stained glass inside we took a chance and entered. Built in 1899, the church was designed by William H. Byrne. Not every church needs stained glass windows but it was a pleasant surprise to venture far enough inside to see the three apse windows dedicated to the Virgin Mary.

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The sequence begins with the angel Gabriel announcing to Mary that she is bear a son.

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The next features the Assumption of Mary into heaven, based on text from Revelation 12, her body and soul raised up to heaven.

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And finally Jesus placing the crown of Queen of Heaven on Mary’s head. She gazes down on humanity while angels keep watch from a sky full of stars.

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A quick, lovely, unexpected visit. You can read more about the village of Howth here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howth

You can learn more about the church here: http://www.howthparish.ie/heritage

 

 

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