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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Dún Aengus

Title of artwork:
Dún Aengus
Artist:
Petrie, George
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving, Hand-drawn
Engraver:
Swain, Joseph
Author:
Stokes, Margaret
Title of Publication:
Early Christian architecture in Ireland
Publisher:
George Bell and Son
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1878
Curator Comment:
Margaret Stokes’ Early Christian architecture in Ireland, (1878) contributed significantly to Irish visual cultural studies in 19th-century Ireland. Richly illustrated with engraved topographical views, ancient archaeological sites and details of architectural construction and decoration, the volume was a reflection of a burgeoning Irish cultural awareness which demanded informed, accessible textual and illustrated sources.
Note on artwork:
This image is a wood engraving after a watercolour by George Petrie (1790-1866) of Dún Aonghasa (Aengus), Inishmore, Aran Islands, c.1827. The majestic power of the swelling Atlantic sea, and the jagged permanence of the ancient site, is underscored by the presence of diminutive, vulnerable figures on the cliff edge. The engraving is particularly fine and convincingly re-creates the textural sensations of rock and water, set in a bright, sunlit landscape.
References:
ONDB online, DIB online, Grove Art online, Strickland. Neither of the first two is accurate in all details. P. Murray, George Petrie (1790-1866): the rediscovery of Ireland's past, Kinsale, 2004.


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