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The Art of Harry Clarke



Harry Clarke (1889-1931) was a leading figure in the Irish Arts and Crafts movement and is best known for his stained glass

designs and book illustrations. In respect of his book illustrations, he is one of the artists associated with the Golden Age of



The Harry Clarke Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of Clarke's seminal work. As a valuable

reference resource, options are also provided for purchasing a range of gifts, including reproduction prints, posters and

greeting cards.


''Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen'' was his first published work, although he had previously been working on illustrations

to accompany Coleridge's ''Rime of the Ancient Mariner'' - work which had been destroyed in Dublin's devastating 1916 Easter

Uprising. A number of commissions followed ''Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen'', including ''The Fairy Tales of Charles

Perrault'' and his contributions to ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' - a project that established his stellar reputation as an



His second to last project, "Faust" is considered his most important as it is a precursor to the evocative psychedelic imagery

that has come to be associated with artwork from the 1960s. "Selected Poems of Algernon Swinburne" was his final

commission and, due to the licentious nature of Clarke's illustrations, that title was banned in Ireland.


Harry Clarke (vintage photograph)

We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Harry Clarke that is included

in the Collection - to view images from any one of Clarke's suites or illustrations listed below,

simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images.









To the left, we show a vintage

photograph of Harry Clarke.


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Illustrations within the Collection are from valuable First Edition and vintage publications illustrated by Harry Clarke, including:


•  illustrations prepared for ''Rime of the Ancient Mariner'';

•  ''Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen'';

•  the Stained Glass commission to accompany ''Queens'' - including preparatory designs;

•  ''The Year's at the Spring'';

•  ''The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault'';

•  ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'';

•  ''Faust''; and

•  ''Selected Poems of Algernon Swinburne''.


Further, we also show paintings by Harry Clarke, including:


•  ''La Belle Dame Sans Merci'';

•  ''The Little Sea Maid'';

•  ''Cradle-Song''; and

•  ''Manuscript found in a bottle''.




On the right, we show Harry Clarke's ''The Meeting''


Harry Clarke - ''The Meeting''




We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from Harry Clarke that is included in the Collection - to view images from any one of Clarke's suites or paintings

listed below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images. By following the hyperlinks, you will also find further  information about Harry Clarke, his

illustrations and options for purchasing Fine Art Posters and Greeting Cards.


Published illustrations from Harry Clarke


Harry Clarke

"Rime of the Ancient Mariner"

3 images

Harry Clarke

"Fairy Tales by

Hans Christian Andersen"

40 images

Harry Clarke


18 images

Harry Clarke

"The Year's at the Spring"

24 images

Harry Clarke

"The Fairy Tales of

Charles Perrault"

24 images

Harry Clark - an illustration for ''Rime of the Ancient Mariner''Harry Clark - an illustration for ''Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen''Harry Clark - a stained glass design to accmopany ''Queens''Harry Clark - an illustration for ''The Year's at the Spring''Harry Clark - an illustration for ''The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault'' 

Harry Clarke

"Tales of Mystery and


32 images

Harry Clarke


22 images

Harry Clarke

"Selected Poems of

Algernon Swinburne"

11 images

Harry Clark - an illustration for ''Tales of Mystery and Imagination'' Harry Clark - an illustration for ''Faust''Harry Clark - an illustration for ''Selected Poems of Algernon Swinburne''   

Paintings by Harry Clarke



Harry Clarke

"La Belle Dame Sans Merci"

1 image

Harry Clarke

"The Little Sea Maid"

1 image

Harry Clarke

"Cradle Song"

1 image

Harry Clarke

"Manuscript found in a bottle"

1 image

Harry Clark - ''La Belle Dame Sans Merci''Harry Clark - ''Dancing over the floor as no one had yet danced'' for 'The Little Sea MaidHarry Clark - ''Cradle-Song''Harry Clark - ''The colossal waters rear their heads above us like demons of the deep'' for 'Manuscript found in a bottle'''  





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