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Lot 573/0237

Estimate: €3000-4000

KING, Richard J. THE CHILD OF EIRE. A finely-worked original coloured drawing (or cartoon) for a stained glass window, ink and gouache on paper, 21 ins x 7 ¾ ins, showing the Holy Child over figures of St. Patrick and St. Brigid, above him a torch-bearer (St. John the Baptist?), flanked by panels featuring music, the arts, learning and sports, above a phoenix rising from the flames, a circular device enclosing the name ‘ÉIRE’, the symbols of the four provinces and the words of the Four Masters, ‘Do chum Glóire Dé agus Onóra na hÉireann’, with figures of monks, prelates, Celtic symbols etc., possibly intended for an institution of learning.
An elaborately worked drawing, showing a superb range and orchestration of colours. This fine drawing hung in King’s own home for much of his life. It is unrecorded, and apparently has not been executed in stained glass.

* This work was originally intended for a window at U.C.D., however, the idea was shelved in favour of the Kevin Barry Window, which was commissioned during King’s time as manager of the Harry Clarke Studios. (1)

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