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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: On Slieve-na-man

Title of artwork:
On Slieve-na-man
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. Closely associated with county Down, Annesley has executed her designs in an expressive and intimate manner.  
Note on artwork:
This double page image is from Richard Rowley's collection of poems 'County Down Songs'. In both images Annesley's mark- making is quite ragged, her process of gouging the wood block is evident and her motifs, in particular her image of a town square, are abstracted in form. The depiction of an Irish cottage displays a visually arresting array of textures and patterns.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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