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A unique opportunity to see rare Harry Clarke watercolours in a new exhibition at Crawford Art Gallery. For a limited time only, Crawford Art Gallery reawakens its magical collection of Harry Clarke watercolours and illustrations in this hugely popular annual exhibition. From the ethereal figures of the wintry Eve of St Agnes to the macabre imagination of Edgar Allan Poe, you are invited to immerse yourself in in the visual details and delights of one of Ireland’s most beloved artists. This series of watercolours include a stunning interpretation of the dreamlike romance of Madeline and Porphyro on the Eve of St Agnes (20 January). Commissioned in 1923 by Harold Jacobs of Jacobs’ Biscuits, they offer a window into the extraordinary imagination of the artist. As Clarke’s delicate watercolours are sensitive to light, they can only be shown for short periods at a time. The limited run of this annual exhibition, therefore, mirrors the display of Turner watercolours at National Gallery of Ireland and National Galleries of Scotland. Accompanying the exhibition is a display of Clarke’s earliest prize-winning stained-glass panels.
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