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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: The Lake

Title of artwork:
The Lake
Artist:
Annesley, Mabel
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving
Engraver:
Annesley, Mabel
Author:
Rowley, Richard
Title of Publication:
County Down songs
Publisher:
Duckworth and Co.
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1924
Curator Comment:
Richard Rowley was the pseudonym of Richard Valentine Williams, the Belfast-born poet and dramatist. Rowley’s writings addressed the social realities of life among Northern Ireland’s urban working classes and small-holding farmers. Annesley executed her designs for Rowley's text in her signature expressive manner. Her mark- making is quite ragged, the process of gouging the wood block is evident and motifs are reduced in form.
Note on artwork:
This image is the frontispiece to Richard Rowley's collection of poems 'County Down Songs'. This an expressive interpretation of a view located in the artist's native county Down. Annesley employs the ‘white-line’ method and a myriad of mark-making techniques to create an atmospheric and evocative depiction of the landscape.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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