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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: The Quay, Galway

Caption:
The Quay, Galway
Artist:
Walker, Francis S.
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Three colour process
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Mathew, Frank
Title of Publication:
Ireland: painted by Francis S. Walker, R.H.A.
Publisher:
??????Macmillan and Co.
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1905
Curator Comment:
Francis S. Walker was a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Society of Painter Etchers. Although he was primarily recognised as a painter, he was much involved in illustration and printmaking during his working life, which was spent in London. Throughout his career he produced a number of illustrated publications of Irish subject matter.
Note on artwork:
Depicting the working class area of the Quays in Galway city, women and children occupy the scene. The fact that fishing provides employment for the area is signified by the woven lobster pots to the right of the image. The author, FJ Mathew, observed that the houses depicted here were more modernised than those in the area near the Spanish Arch, and noted that stylistically they were incongruous with the rest of the town's architecture, describing them as 'foreign-looking'.


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