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Title: Where the moonbeams made a path on the grass Finn saw two fair...

Title of artwork:
Where the moonbeams made a path on the grass Finn saw two fair young girls
Elvery, Beatrice
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Three colour process
Photographic process
Russell, Violet
Title of Publication:
Heroes of the dawn
Maunsel and Co.
Publication place:
Dublin & London
Publication date:
Curator Comment:
Written by Violet Russell, (1868 -1932), wife of George Russell (AE),’ Heroes of the dawn’ (1913) is a re-telling of the story of Fionn mac Cumall [Fionn Mac Cumhaill] and his band of warriors, the Fianna. Aimed at a younger audience, it was the author’s intention to recreate heroes for a new generation of Irish children to follow. The illustrations by Beatrice Elvery are faithful to the author’s text.
Note on artwork:
The majority of the illustrations for 'Heroes of the Dawn' are in Elvery’s characteristic bold, descriptive style. Some colour illustrations are included also, for these Elvery uses gently layered watercolour washes to create works that are ethereal in character. In this image, the form of the hero Fionn and his steadfast wolfhound are shaded in blues and purples while the monumental mythical feminine forms are bathed white light, highlighted with golden yellows, accentuating their otherworldliness. All characters are dressed in archaic, ‘Celtic’ costumes.
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online

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