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Giveaway ends May Email Address. Thanks for the giveaway! There were 4 architects, 6 builders, and ten female trainee teachers. Avanced students were allowed to study 'practical anatomy' in the dissecting room of Dr. Caesar's School of Medicine, while one of the committee members made his extensive gardens available to the students twice weekly. The Spring Term of the School of Design commenced on April 1st, , and two days later the Committee held one of their fortnightly meetings to discuss progress.

At this meeting Messrs. Dunscombe laid out the various students' designs, which were examined with interest. The Committee then moved its attention to more troubling matters. There was laughter when the poor remuneration offered by the 'liberal Board of Education' was discussed. Lectures in architecture, given by Dr.

Raimbach, were a new feature of the Spring Term at the School of Design. These were an addition to the usual course of technical lectures such as those devoted to drawing toothed gear and machinery. Also, the boys of St. The examinations at the School of Design, although intended primarily for students of the school, were also open to interested amateurs. In October , Mr. At the same time an exhibition was mounted in the Rotondo room of the newly-built Athenaeum theatre, beside the School, to coincide with this important event, with works being borrowed from committee members and Cork collectors, including William Crawford, Francis Sealy, Cooper Penrose and James Lambkin.

The Mayor of Cork, Alderman Scott, spoke at length about progress in the school; how student numbers were approaching , while another pupils in various National Schools were benefitting from art classes run by Mr. After a speech by Mr. David Urquhart, in which he expressed considerable surprise in finding a thriving art establishment 'in such a remote corner of the British Empire', Mayor Scott awarded medals to prize-winning students, glossing over the slightly awkward fact that the medals had not been completed in time for the presentations.

Jane Morgan , the daughter of Cork Society of Arts committee member James Morgan, had entered the School of Art five years previously, and had received her first tuition in drawing from R. James Mahoney, who had organised the first Cork Art Union exhibitions in the early 's, returned to Ireland after several years' travelling on the Continent, principally in Spain.

He exhibited no less than seventeen watercolours at the RHA in , and was also made an associate of the Academy in that year. Uniacke, also won prizes for Perspective drawings, and William Baily received a distinction in Mechanical Drawing. The drawings, about three foot in length by two foot in breadth, depicted the 'Emperor and Empress of the French'. They were based on photographs. After the mid-summer break, when the school reopened, the number of students in all showed little change from the previous year.

Edward Shiel, the new headmaster, taught mechanical drawing. Morgan, having been awarded silver medals in the Department of Science and Art's national competitions, the School was presented on loan by the department with:. A set of photographs of crystal cups. Arms and armour, Enamels and Buhl work. A total of 26 medals were awarded, while 20 of the winning students' works were forwarded for the National Competition. The assessor was Mr. Henry A. The distribution of prizes took place in the Athenaeum on the evening of November 4th.

The number of ladies present was very large and the attendance was exceedingly fashionable. The proceedings were opened by his worship the Mayor, who. O'Hea, son of Mr. James O'Hea, Mr.

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Henry O'Shea and Master Stopford, son of the well-known artist of that name. Bowler, the government inspector, at the request of the Mayor, made a short address to the audience present, in the course of which he allued to the success of two Cork students, Mr. Drummond and Mr.

Casey, the latter of whom was now engaged in works which evinced great ability as well as refinement of mind. He congratulated the public of Cork on the growing taste for art, in which it was one of the most forward cities in the United Kingdom. The largest number of medals that he was entitled to award to any school was thirty, and theirs had got 21, so that they had gone very near the maximum. He also observed that a prize studentship had been gained by Mr. Augustine O'Leary, and that mr. Marmer and Mr.

O'Shea had done so much towards it, that it was probable they should easily attain it next year. After the business of the evening had concluded, M. Roeckel favored the audience with some admirably performed airs on the organ. The following day, November 5th, the exhibition of award-winning work was opened to the public in the Round Room of the Athenaeum Theatre, next door to the School of Design, which had opened to the public the previous year. Murphy of Cork. Thompson, of Lauriston, in Glanmire, Co. Cork, who also owned Lyster's The Spinning Wheel ] Another painting by Lyster in the exhibition "But, mother--he's going away", inspired by a ballad of Samuel Lover's, was later shown in the annual exhibition of the Royal Hibernian Academy, and attracted a good critical notice in the The Nation , which was subsequently reprinted in the Cork newspapers, "The girl's attitude and face, full of surprise and sorrow at the departure of her sweetheart, is well contrasted with that of the sturdy mother, standing with arms akimbo in the doorway.

Stopford, as well as the headmaster, Edward Shiel, whose painting Excelsior also now in the collection of the Crawford Gallery, Cat. An artist's studio is exposed by the flickering light of an expiring candle, rendered still more feeble by the struggling beams of the dawning day. It is occupied by two persons only. Overcome by the weariness of a long night's vigil, the beautiful young wife of the painter lies sleeping in an armchair; while the pale, spirit-sustained artist sits before his easel, brush in hand, giving the last touch--that with which inspiration imparts life to the canvas--to the picture, with which honour, reputation-- fame --are all involved.

The motto of that picture is "Excelsior! One version of the painting Excelsior! A second version of this painting was sold at the Gorry Gallery in Dublin in The Gorry painting is probably that referred to by Strickland, who relates that Excelsior! Outside the School of Design, other artists were busy. The figures, which occupy the foreground are those of a peasant and his wife and children sitting on the shore of a bay, and the positions of the two former are expressive of deep sorrow. The time is sunset, and the scenery around is painted with elegance and good taste. The picture will be a desirable addition to a drawingroom or gallery of paintings.

Charles Henry Cook painted portraits, scenes of Irish life and landscapes, working in Cork, where he lived with his widowed mother in Sunday's Well, until about , when he moved to Bath, in England. In February the Examiner reported that the roof of the School had fallen into such disrepair that whenever there was heavy rain, the sculpture casts had to be moved backward and foreward to prevent them being damaged by rain: "During the late heavy rain the Adonis, one of the noble casts from the antique which have come from the hand of no less an artist than Canova, has become irreparably damaged.

Rain was not the only problem afflicting the School; it might have been hoped that the Department's generous loan to the School of the six volumes of Jones' History of Ornament , plus a set of photographs of crystal cups and sundry other items, would have quelled criticism of the Department of Science and Art's policies, but sadly such was not the case. A leading article in the Cork Examiner in June described the Department in London as an autocracy which promoted 'quackery in art instruction, dissatisfaction amongst teachers and discontent amongst pupils'.

The chief reason for this outburst was the recent issuing of a directive which required that the Cork School of Design should endeavour to take under its wing of instruction no less than one per cent of the population of the city. In , one per cent of the population of Cork would have amounted to over persons. Even if this were to happen, the writer described it as a 'delusion' to believe that the education that pupils could receive from so few masters would be of any practical value:.

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No doubt, this education for the millions will look well in annual reports and parliamentary returns, and may greatly tend to the glory of the department. But the benefit of an infinitesimal dose of teachers in a vast flood of pupils will, in all probability, be so very diminutive, that in a short time even the ability of the department will fail to be sufficient to point it out.

Insdead of a great system of art education, Parliament and the country will see in it a gigantic sham, and in all probability will be inclined to class the department in the same category as its work. Undoubtedly it must awaken the anger of masters to find themselves obliged to convey art teaching to pupils in hundreds, and never to hope to have an eleve capable of going beyond his pot-hooks and hangers.

In every respect this department has been going from bad to worse. Of late years stinginess has become so prominent a qualification, that one is tempted to ask how are the vast sums appropriated which are voted by the State? Its assistance to local schools has gradually been dwindling, and is now, indeed, pretty much on a par with the food given to that celebrated animal, whose fate is frequently quoted as a warning to the dispensers of short-commons.

The salaries of the teachers were the straw a-day which the department gave to the steed under its control, but finding that animal obstinately continuing to live, they have deprived it of even that nutriment. As the weeks passed, the pupils anxiously awaited the arrival of their silver medals.

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The weeks drew into months. Two years passed, and finally the medals arrived. Unfortunately, they had been transmuted into copper! Describing this as 'the alchemy of the department', the writer criticised the 'awkward apology' which had accompanied the medals, and commented that the Department of Art would have been better to have 'brazened it out'. The design of the medal also came in for criticism:. The works of local artists and of students were exhibited, along with some 'splendid specimens of Photography and Chromolithography'.

The Committee of the School had hoped to secure an exhibition called 'the Museum of Art' which had been shown recently in Clonmel, but were unable to afford the cost of bringing it to Cork. In contrast with previous years, there were few works from outside collections or from professional artists included in the annual exhibition of students' works held in the Athenaeum early in November. Richard Lyster contributed one small portrait of a very young man in oils, and [William? One old master painting, from the collection of the Rev. James O'Sullivan, parish priest of Blackrock, was shown.

The correspondent of the Examiner admitted that it was beyond his ability to decide whether it was by 'Holbein or Le Duc'. Another student teacher, Miss Wright, also had a painting on show, a study from life. Amongst those works that had received medals were three designs for carpets. There were also designs for lace and wallpaper on exhibition. A medal was also awarded to Miss Thorpe for her drawing from a cast. Outside the School, the death of John Hogan at the end of March occupied much space in the columns of the Cork Examiner.

John Turpin, in his monograph on the artist, deriving in part from the newspapers of the day, gives an excellent account of the artist's life and death, to which readers are referred. Another untimely death in was that of a Mr. Brown, who was buried in Passage churchyard. A monument for his tomb by the Cork sculptor Richard Barter was completed in May of that year, and was exhibited for a time in the artist's studio at St. Anne's Hill, Blarney.

The white marble monument depicted an angel in a reclining attitude, with one wing folded--'a beautiful specimen of chiselling'--pointing a finger to the tomb beneath. Shiel, at that time the Head Master of the School of Design, was commended for his 'novel and startling' treatment of the subject; ". Towards the end of , another painting by Richard Lyster--this time an unfinished studio work--was mentioned in the Examiner. The painting depicted a red-headed young man reading a ballad to a pretty country girl sitting against a cottage wall. Ann's Church in Shandon, had trained under William Willes at the School of Art eight years previously, and then for a time at South Kensington, before returning to Cork.

The subject of the painting, a ragged minstrel, was depicted 'playing upon the national pipe' while seated on a rock. According to the Examiner, Heazle had studied at the Royal Academy, and hoped to exhibit his painting at a forthcoming exhibition in Liverpool. Some years after his return to Cork, Strickland records, Heazle, who specialised in painting domestic genre scenes.

He exhibited at the RHA only once, in He died, in , at the home of his father, 9 Queen Street, Cork. He was to exhibit at the Academy each year for the next seven years, from an address at 17 South Mall, Cork, followed by another long break of fourteen years. Judging from the titles of his watercolours, Stopford seems to have visited Scotland around ; apart from his Scottish and Welsh views, his topographical watercolours almost invariably depict scenes in Cork or Kerry. III, p. The passage is quoted in the catalogue: " 'My mind and senses keep touch and time,' answered Rebecca, 'and tell me alike that these Faggots are destined to consume my earthly body, and open a painful, but a brief passage to a better world.

The architectural partnership of Ashlin and Pugin, formed the following year, was to last a decade. II, No. Considerable regret was expressed at his leaving the school, as he had been a popular and successful teacher. Sheil, born in Coleraine, had studied at the Cork School of Art in , and had subsequently been appointed second master under David W. He became headmaster in He was to return to Cork after a short stay in Italy.

Collier held the position of Head Master for only a few months, due mainly to his being continually drunk. He was found by his pupils one morning, at the opening of the school, surrounded by the wrecks of plaster casts, which, as Strickland relates, 'he had smashed in a drunken fit'. After his removal from the school he left Cork, abandoned his wife and children and was 'not heard of afterwards', although in fact Collier does reappear as an exhibitor at the RHA twenty-eight years later, with an address in Hampstead Hill Gardens, London.

In spite of his tender years--he was twenty-three years old when appointed--Brenan had had considerable experience both as an artist and educator. Returning to Dublin he taught for a period at the Dublin Society's Schools. In he was assistant at the Bermingham School of Art, but returned to the training college at South Kensington to further his education.

After some short spells in charge of arts schools at Liverpool, Taunton and Yarmouth, he was appointed headmaster of the Cork School of Art in , a post he was to hold almost thirty years. Brenan's interest in art and industry, founded in the Great Exhibition of , resulted in his working to revive the lace industry in the South of Ireland in the 's. Brenan by Strickland. In August , under its new headmaster, the annual School of Art exhibition was opened to the public. A marble copy, by Jane Morgan, of Ariadne Abandoned was also applauded, as were a series of studies by Thomas Frederick Collier, described as 'late head master'.

The School reopened for the winter term on October 15th, and four days later the annual inspection of the students' work by the government inspector, Mr. Wylde, took place at the Athenaeum, next door to the School of Art. Jane White and Sarah White won medals for their carpet designs. An oil painting of ferns, by Miss Max, got a medal, and was also selected for the national competition. Of the men, Thomas Hawarden probably a misspelling of Hovenden, who was to be awarded a medal two years later received praise for his landscape drawings, as did William Stopford, for his drawing of the Discobolus, which had been selected for the National Competition, while Francis Kemp and James Philips received medals for their mechanical drawings; but otherwise, even allowing that the newspaper reports would have focused on the names of prominent families, practically all the prizes and honours went to female middle-class students; a predictable development, but sad in terms of the idealism for the school's egalitarian aims which had been expressed as recently as Strickland records this bust as being in the collection of 'W.

Corbet, Cork' in Early in July, a landscape by 'Mr. Day, of this city' received favourable notice in the Cork Examiner. The painting, depicting a rocky coastline with a dramatic sunset 'sinking in swaths of blood-red clouds', was on view at Clarkes, on Prince's Street. This charming group formed the foreground to a woodland scene, and the whole painting was decribed as painted with a 'pre-Raphaelite closeness of observation'.

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Also on exhibition was Lyster's unfinished genre painting of a fisherman returning home to his wife and infant, 'laden with the produce of his toil and labour'. Webster, of Sunday's Well, in Strickland, Vo. Thomas Fitzpatrick , the political cartoonist, illustrator and satirist, was born in Cork on 27th March The main hall of the building, adorned with Corinthian pilasters, elaborate cornices and a coffered ceiling, was nearly one hundred feet in length, and forty-five feet wide.

III, No. The annual examination and awarding of medals and prizes at the School of Art took place early in October. Eyre Crowe. Two members of the Hill family, Arthur and Margaret, were amongst those who received awards: Margaret, for her painting of Cactus and Tiger Lily , and Arthur, later to be the architect responsible for the rebuilding of the School and galleries, for his outline drawings. Kearns D. Roche won a medal for his architectural design for an early English church, while James Phillips' studies of historical styles of ornament were throught to be 'most creditable to his diligence'.

Included in the exhibition was a group of watercolours by John Drummond d. XIX, , p. However, it was commented in the Examiner that although the overall standard was high, there were too few examples of applied art: "Unfortunately, the school is not as much frequented as it ought to be by the young artisans of the city. Maguire commented on the large numbers of artisans working in the city, less than fifty of whom had chosen to enroll in the special Artisans Class at the School of Art.

By March , Edward Sheil had returned from his sojourn on the Continent and set up a painting studio at 4 Great George's Street, where he was visited by the critic of the Cork Examiner.

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Shiel's younger brother George, to whom he was, according to Strickland, 'devotedly attached', was for many years on the staff of the Cork Examiner--which may account for the consistently detailed coverage given the artist in the pages of that newspaper. The first was a genre painting:. A labourer sits before his cottage door, in all the luxury of repose and a pipe, holding upon his knee the chubby urchin who entertains evil designs upon the hen and chickens pecking near, and listening with profound attention to the little blooming girl who squats beside him spelling out some words from the big book she has opened before her.

Through the open door we see the comely matron pursuing some household avocation. The writer reckoned that the painting expressed the 'home sentiment' as strongly as was possible for paint to do so. The next painting described was entitled Blind Mary , and was based on a poem by Davis:.

There flows from her spirit such love and delight, That the face of Blind Mary is radiant with light-- As the gleam from a homestead through darkness will show, Or the moon glimmer soft through the fast falling snow. The difficulties of a theme like this, as the critic correctly observed, could scarcely be over estimated. These four paintings were exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy later that year.

This work, which is now in the collection of the Crawford Art Gallery Cat. It is described in the Cork Examiner of the day:. The legend of Apuleius. It is the moment of the commission of this act of disobedience that has been chosen by the sculptor. The beautiful form of Cupid lies stretched in an attitude of profound and easy repose, while over him bends the form of the curious, yet loving Psyche.

Above her head she holds the lamp which is supposed to illuminate the countenance of the sleeper. It would be difficult to say in which figure there is the higher beauty, in her rounded form and anxious demeanour, or in his graceful figure and intense rest. In both there is a wonderful impress of life. It would be as impossible to mistake the slumber for death, as to fail to recognise the eager intensity of the gaze which is bent upon him.

The painting was described as 'a melange of scenes and characters to be seen at a Munster Fair'. Connell obviously specialised in copying the work of prominent artists, for the following month he showed a watercolour copy of The Resurrection , by Carle van Loo, a painting which had been recently exhibited in Dublin.

Just before Christmas, an executor's sale was held in Cork of around two hundred paintings from the estate of the late J. Decluzeau; amongst the paintings listed were works by O'Connor and Grogan, as well as 'valuable specimens from the following great Masters, viz. In , the old St. Patrick's Bridge designed by Michael Shanahan , which had been damaged by the flooding of the river Lee, was replaced by an elegant new three-arched bridge, built of Ballintemple limestone.

Both the damaged old bridge, and its replacement, were faithfully recorded by watercolourist Robert Lowe Stopford, in paintings which today are preserved in the head offices of Irish Distillers, on the North Mall. The School of Art annual inspection and examination was held in October, by Mr. Wylde, Government Inspector. The three talented Thorpe sisters, Fanny, Maria and Kate, took home a total of seven medals, while two were awarded to Anne Baker.

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An orphan from Dunmanway, Hovenden was apprenticed for several years to Mr. Tolerton, a carver and gilder in Cork, who enrolled him as a student in the Cork School of Art. In he went to Paris for six years where he studied with Cabanal at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, before returning to the United States, where he taught at the Pennsylvania Academy.

The decorative panelling and woodwork from this house are now in a residence in West Cork, having been brought to Ireland at the beginning of this century. Vincent de Paul. The painting was entitled The Little Housekeeper and represented a rustic interior, with a little peasant girl awaiting the return from work of her father, who was depicted ". Lyons and her family. Reclining in an easy attitude against a table she sits, while a pretty boy feeds with a cake a petted dog in her lap.

Another lap-dog forms the object of the attention of a charming group subsidiary to the principal figures, where two little girls are profoundly interested in the literary exercitations of Master Pug. That sagacious animal is, with true canine gravity, poring over an illustrated book, but not committing himself by any premature criticism. Shiel exhibited two other paintings at Clarke's, on Prince's Street, in August of that year. One was a study of a head of an Irish peasant girl, the second; a courting couple walking at sunset.

The painting was initially reported in the Examiner as depicting a Bohemian gypsy encampment in an English forest glade, although two days later, that description had to be amended: "The scene and the figures are thoroughly Irish. It was the picturesqueness of the figures that led to our mistake. The scene of this clever picture represents a beautiful glade in Lord Shannon's demesne, and the figures are those of Irish tinkers, and not Spanish gipsies. Towards the end of August, Robert Lowe Stopford completed a sketch of the lighthouse and new telegraphic station at Roche's Point, for the Illustrated London News : "The American mail-boat is seen heaving in sight, thus suggesting the most remarkable function of the new telegraph.

The drawing is a pretty one. Tolerton's, in November of , was the venue for the exhibition of four paintings, two genre pictures and two portraits, by Richard Lyster. Madden; the second, of artist Edward Shiel, who had at that point just departed from Cork to seek his fortune in London. The Cobbler was the title of the third painting, depicting a girl awaiting the mending of her brogues by a chattering cobbler, while the subject of the fourth painting was a laughing beggar in a torn shirt 'the fore-shortening of the shoulder is admirable'.

Finbarre's cathedral in Cork. The winner of the competition was William Burges, who had already won similiar competitions for the design of a cathedral at Lilles, and the English Memorial Church at Constantinople.

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Sir Thomas Deane was placed second in the competition. As neither Lille nor Constantinople churches were actually built, Burges was free to adapt the elevation of the former onto the plan of the latter, and he produced a design for the magnificent St. Finn Barre's Cathedral, construction of which commenced in Cork that year. V, No. In , Benson also designed the great central tower of St. Marys and St. Anne's Cathedral, which was constructed over the next five years, while the English architect William Tarring designed a new church at the foot of Summerhill, for the Presbyterian congregation in Cork.

This building, of white limestone Kentish rag is distinguished by its slender elegant spire, now slightly askew. A meeting of the students of the School of Art was held at the end of February, to say farewell to one of the students of the school, a Miss Harrington, who was emigrating to Australia. The headmaster, Brennan, referring to Miss Harrington as 'so bright an ornament of the school' presented her with an inscribed silver 'porte crayon' on behalf of the staff and students. Miss Harrington replied courteously: "I am leaving Ireland for a distant land, but Cork and the old school shall always find a place in my memory.

In January , a topographical watercolour by John E. Bosanquet was exhibited in Cork. The painting, described as 'panoramic', depicted Shanakiel House, the residence of F. Leahy, 'taken from the Dyke Field': "The time is evening and the light of the setting sun casts a warm and mellow glow over the picture. Shiel was working on a painting based on a text from the Apocalypse;. And another Angel came and stood before the Altar, having a golden censer: And there was given to him much incense, that he should offer of the prayers of all saints, at the golden Altar which is before the throne of God.

The visitor thought the style of the painting unusual, and felt that it recalled the manner of the 'old pre-Raffaelite painters'. The composition of the painting was based on a golden-haired angel standing before an altar. The angel was surrounded by different scenes 'under which the utterance of prayer may be supposed'. John, was surrounded by no less than eighteen separate scenes, or panels. One panel represented ". The attitudes and gestures of the frightened children, as they stand clustered together in their bed to escape the flames which have already seized on the furniture in the room.

The light from a brilliant gin palace strikes upon her form as she passes by, and through the open door we see a gaudily-dressed girl taking a dram at the counter. A bill of the opera hung outside, announcing the performance of La Traviata, is sufficiently suggestive. Strickland refers to this painting as The Angel of Intercession , and says that it was shown in the Dublin Exhibition of , along with two other works by Shiel, Jacob's Dream and Spring. Sheil had another painting on view at his studio: The Temptation of Our Lord.

The artist had represented the moment of humiliation of Satan. Above the head of the REDEEMER is a misty opening in the clouds through which, veiled with a thin haze of glory, are seen the forms of shining multitudes hymning praise and adoration. It was the verdict of the Examiner's critic that these paintings could not but 'redound to the credit of our talented fellow townsman', although a later writer described the Temptation as 'a cold visionary emanation of disordered fancy.

By the end of April , Shiel had completed another small painting, on a subject 'as old as the hills', which portrayed a tired workman sitting by his fire, while ". In his inimitable way of knowing what he wants and speaking of it clearly, Ian meets Beth and decides then and there that he wants to marry her.

Beth is a gracious, good-natured heroine while Ian is every bit as sigh-worthy in audio as print. And that ever so necessary measuring stick for my own listening enjoyment — the clear differentiation of characters — is highly effective. Instead of a deep voice, Ian sounds raspy while thoroughly male.

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