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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: A Carol (IV Century)

Title of artwork:
A Carol (IV Century)
Artist:
Elvery, Beatrice
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Photoengraving
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
MacCormack, Katherine
Title of Publication:
The book of Saint Ultan
Publisher:
The Candle Press
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1920
Curator Comment:
This is a page from 'The Book of Saint Ultan'. The publication was edited by Katherine MacCormack and produced by Colm O’Lochlainn’s Candle Press as a fundraising project. It was sold for the benefit of Saint Ultan's Hospital, which was established in 1919 to address the medical needs of working class mothers and children in Dublin. Many Irish writers and artists, including George Russell (AE), Harry Clarke, Jack Yeats and Beatrice Elvery (responsible for image here) contributed to the volume.
Note on artwork:
Elvery, who had produced a number of significant works as an illustrator, including designs for the Cuala Press, has created a highly descriptive and decorative image of a Nativity scene. The symbolist treatment of the Christ child reveals an awareness of turn-of-the-century European illustration. The page is a fine example of Arts and Crafts printing - the bold graphic design, combined with sensitive typesetting, creates an aesthetically pleasing composition.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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