Saturday, January 7, 2012

Harry Clarke - the Irish illustrator

Henry Patrick (Harry) Clarke (March 17, 1889 – January 6, 1931) was an Irish stained glass artist and book illustrator, born in Dublin.  Clarke's illustrated work is too unfairly compared to Beardsley, but it was as a stained glass designer and artisan that he devoted the most of his life.
Books illustrated: Andersen, Tales of Mystery and Imagination, The Year's at the Spring, Fairy Tales of Perrault, Faust, and Selected Poems of Algernon Charles Swinburne featured both pen and ink and pen and wash drawings and/or more advanced color work.
Ill-health plagued him for most of his life. He worked at a feverish pace creating glass and book illustrations. He died in early 1931 of tuberculosis, while trying to recuperate from his efforts. He was 41.

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