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OTHER WORLDS: Harry Clarke Watercolours

Harry Clarke, The Fall of the House of Usher (detail), 1923. Collection Crawford Art Gallery, Cork

Modern Galleries

14 December 2022 – 19 March 2023

For a limited time only, Crawford Art Gallery’s annual exhibition of Harry Clarke’s watercolours and ink drawings returns!

OTHER WORLDS explores Harry Clarke’s extraordinary capacity for conjuring images from literature and bringing often romantic or macabre worlds into being. From his delicate blue-tinged watercolour studies for The Eve of St Agnes to the pen-and-ink illustrations for the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, Clarke translated his vivid imagination into remarkable works that have been in the collection for almost a century.

The exhibition also draws together works by other artists – including Pauline Bewick, Stephen Brandes, Salvador Dalí, Jan de Fouw, Stanley William Hayter, Brianna Hurley, Daniel Maclise, William Otway McCannell, Xaver Schilling, Noreen Spillane – to addresses a broader sense of world-building in visual art.

OTHER WORLDS is a timely celebration in that 2023 marks the centenary of Clarke's illustrations for Marie Rogêt and The Fall of the House of Usher, and watercolour studies for The Eve of St Agnes.

Curated by Dr Michael Waldron

WAKING THE DEAD: Laura McKenna and Éibhear Walshe on the Writing of Historical Fiction
1pm – 2pm Wednesday, 8 March. Lecture Theatre
Join us as writers Laura McKenna and Éibhear Walshe discuss their approaches to world-building in historical fiction and biofiction. 

This event takes place in the tiered Lecture Theatre (ground floor) of Crawford Art Gallery and runs in conjunction with the exhibition OTHER WORLDS: Harry Clarke Watercolours which is open daily until 19 March. Click here for more information.

Emmett Place, Cork, Ireland
T12 TNE6
Tel: 021 480 5042

Opening Hours
N.B. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing

Monday–Saturday 10.00am–5.00pm*
Thursday until 8.00pm

Sundays and Bank Holidays
11.00 am4.00pm

*Second floor closes 15 minutes before closing
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