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Harry Clarke's war : Ireland's memorial…

Harry Clarke's war : Ireland's memorial records, 1914-1918

by Marguerite Helmers

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Interesting look at the War Memorial Records' art as produced by Harry Clarke and not reproduced in electronic form when it was digitised, sadly. I am a Harry Clarke fan and this was an interesting look at his sources and the controversy and problems associated with the War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge (well worth a visit if you're ever in Dublin) a space neglected for years but now reclaimed as part of our problematic early 20th century history. I had never known that some of his art burnt with the Rising.

It's an interesting history and an interesting story, the almost Aubrey Beardsley style that is Harry Clarke's hallmark is to be seen, the echoes of celticism and the strange juxtaposition of art and horrors of war lie side by side in this. I have seen pages from this before and this is a poignant reminder that there were those that died in World War I having joined for a variety of reasons. ( )
  wyvernfriend | Jul 18, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0716533081, Hardcover)

Ireland's Memorial Records, 1914-1918 contain the names of 49,435 enlisted men who were killed in World War I. Commissioned in 1919 by the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland and published in 100 eight-volume sets, the Records are notable for stunning and elaborate page decorations by celebrated Irish illustrator Harry Clarke. Drawing from published and unpublished sources, this ground-breaking study provides a fascinating insight into the work of Harry Clarke as an extraordinary war artist and examines the process that led to the Records being commissioned through to their eventual placement within the Irish National War Memorial at Islandbridge (Dublin). With Harry Clarke's illustrations taking center stage in the story, the Records and their genesis are of vital importance to the understanding of how art and commemoration can come together in a powerful visual creation. *** Librarians: ebook available on ProQuest and EBSCO [Subject: History, Irish Studies, Art History, Military Studies, World War I]

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