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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Clarke, Harry

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Biography: Dublin-born Harry (Henry Patrick) Clarke (1889–1931) was one of Ireland's finest stained glass artists and book illustrators and was recognised as a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement. He received his art education in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art (DMSA) (1905–10) and for a short time at the Royal College of Art in London. Clarke's work reveals the influence of numerous movements, including French symbolism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Clarke was also inspired by the Irish cultural revival. It was as an illustrator he secured his international reputation. In 1913 Clarke was commissioned by the publisher, George G. Harrap (1868–1938), to design forty full-page illustrations, sixteen in colour, for an edition of Hans Christian Andersen's 'Fairy Tales’ (1916). Other significant illustrated work includes Edgar Allan Poe's 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ (1919 and 1923) and Goethe's 'Faust’ (1925). In Ireland, he was regular exhibitor, and prize winner, at the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland exhibitions, the Royal Dublin Society art and industries exhibitions and the Aonach Tailteann. He also exhibited at the Watercolour Society of Ireland and the Oireachtas Art exhibition. Clarke taught illustration at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art from 1918 to 1923. Significant Irish illustrative projects undertaken by Clarke includes his design for the cover of the Arts and Crafts Society of Ireland exhibition catalogue in 1917, his title page and decorative borders for ‘Ireland’s memorial records 1914-1918: being the names of Irishmen who fell in the great European war’, commissioned by the Committee of the Irish National War Memorial in 1923, and his designs for the commercial promotional pamphlet ‘Origin of John Jameson whiskey: containing some interesting observations thereon, together with the causes of its present scarcity’ (1924), commissioned by the distillers John Jameson & Sons.

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