Parts of St: Cronan Cross at Roscrea
S. Walker del ; A.C. pinxt. 26 April 1792
|Main Creator:||Cooper, Austin, 1759-1830, artist|
Fragments from two different high crosses in Roscrea, County Tipperary, Ireland. The fragment on the left, standing on a base, is the surviving head of a 12th century cross bearing the figure of a bishop. This could be St. Cronan, the founder of the monastery at Roscrea. The head of the cross is missing the end of one arm which has since been restored with a modern piece of stone. The fragment on the right, standing free without a base, is part of the shaft of a cross from an earlier date (9th century?). It bears figure sculpture in panels but this fragment has not survived, as far as is known
|Format:||PRINTS & DRAWINGS|
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From: Antiquities of Abbeys, Castles & c. & c. in Ireland, Vol. II
This is a rare example of an 18th century drawing devoted solely to Ireland's High Crosses, which do not become the object of much antiquarian interest until the late 19th century
Title inscribed in ink l.c.
Watermark u.l. on sheet bears the letters EDARY, probably part of the name Villedary, with letters, probably I S, above
Physical description: 1 drawing 18.3 x 26.7 cm.
Citations/References: The High Crosses of Ireland / Peter Harbison. - Bonn, 1992 pages 162-163 with Fig. 542