An original 1812 graphite drawing, Irish Bard Playing Harp with Lady & Dog, Clonmell.
A beautifully executed drawing in graphite inscribed ‘Clonmell [sic]’. The subject, a vision of Irish liberty, interestingly combines elements of Irish mythology with 18th-century pictorial convention. A bearded bard plays an Irish harp aside a goddess-like figure, both with up-turned celestial gazes, whilst the landscape setting is emphatically picturesque - rugged yet staged - the female dress is regency in style, and the dog is suggestive of domestic lap dog.
The Clonmel location resonates with the drawing’s subject, the town in Tipperary taking its place in Irish history for having successfully resisted Cromwellian forces in the 17th century.
The quality of the draughtsmanship raises the question of attribution. The work is unsigned but is perhaps by someone who studied at the Dublin Society's School.
In graphite on wove paper.
Provenance: Abbott & Holder (Historic dealer's label included with the picture).
Unsigned. Inscribed and dated lower left: 'Clonmell May 10 1812'.
Some very minor toning towards the edges of the sheet. There is a small nick to the paper at lower right corner. Mounting tape remnants to the corners on the verso and some marks verso, as shown.
25.3cm x 20.4cm.
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Product code: JM-956