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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Interior to St Brendan's oratory, Inisglora

Title of artwork:
Interior to St Brendan's oratory, Inisglora
Artist:
Stokes, Margaret
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving
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:
The page shows a wood-engraving after Margaret Stokes’s drawing of St Brendan’s oratory on the remote island of Inishglora off the north Mayo coast. It is signed with her monogram in the bottom left corner. Taken from an elevated viewpoint, the artist has carefully observed the construction of the building and the formation of the stones used including projecting corbels which would have supported the, now missing, roof.
References:
ODNB, Snoddy,


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