Margaret Clarke's <em>Mary And Brigid</em>, 1917: Mother Ireland In Irish Art And Nationalism.

  • Marie Hammond Callaghan University College Dublin


This article reconstructs the history of an oil painting, Mary and Brigid, which was discovered in storage in 1996 at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), Halifax, Nova Scotia. Painted in 1917 by the renowned Irish artist, Margaret Clarke (Royal Hibernian Academy, RHA), at the height of the Irish Cultural Renaissance in early 20th century Ireland, Mary and Brigid highlights a significant intersection between Irish culture and politics, where Irish women played central roles.The primary aim of this research paper is to contextualize the work, as well as the artist herself - historically, culturally and politically.
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