[Gateway at Glendalough, County Wicklow]
|Main Creator:||Wheatley, Francis, R.A. 1747-1801, artist.|
Watercolour of the entrance gateway to the ancient monastic site of Glendalough, County Wicklow, Ireland. Wheatley is able to make the gateway look more monumental than it is in reality. Leaning up against one side of the opening is a man resting on a stick as he converses with another man lying on the ground beside him. To their left are two women, one standing with the other seated, looking on.
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The attribution can be based on the artist's monogram on a rock naer the bottom right-hand corner.
This drawing is the only one that documents the presence of Francis Wheatley in County Wicklow. He did travel in other Irish counties doing watercolours and oils, and his best-known works are "The Volunteers in College Green" and "The Irish Parliament" of 1779 and 1780 respectively. Wheatley only spent a maximum of five years in Ireland as he had to leave when he was exposed for passing off as his own wife the spouse of a London painter, Gresse. Because of this short time that he spent in Ireland, the drawing can be confidently assigned to the years 1779-1784.
Physical description: 1 drawing : watercolour ; image 16.4 x 22.8 cm., on sheet 20.6 x 29.1 cm.
Citations/References: Ancient Ireland / Jacqueline O'Brien and Peter Harbison. - London, 1966 pages 66-70 with brief bibliography on page 245
Attributed to Francis Wheatley (1747-1801).
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|Coo 2122 TX (4) 59||
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Reproduction rights owned by the National Library of Ireland.