"They told her how, upon St. Agnes' Eve / Young virgins might have visions of delight, / And soft adorings from their loves receive / Upon the honey'd middle of the night ..."
20 January marks the Eve of St Agnes, a date which inspired English Romantic poet John Keats to write a poem of the same name in 1819. We are privileged to hold 19 watercolours by Harry Clarke in our collection, preparatory drawings for one of the Irish artist's great masterpieces in stained glass. This image shows St Agnes with her attributes of a lamb (French: agneau) and martyr’s palm.
Did you know: Harry Clarke’s bejeweled "revel in blue", The Eve of St Agnes window (@thehughlane), was commissioned by Harold Jacob in 1923.
Image © Crawford Art Gallery, Cork
CAG.102 Harry Clarke, St Agnes Roundel (Design for the Eve of St. Agnes Window), c.1923, pencil, watercolour and gouache on paper, 17 cm diameter. Gibson Fund acquisition, 1924.
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