Clarke Photographic Collection


Images include Dublin streets (Grafton Street, Nassau Street, St. Stephen's Green, Merrion Square, Earlsfort Terrace, Ormond Quay, Westmoreland Street, Kildare Street, College Green, South King Street, Eden Quay, Berkeley Street, Blessington Street); portraits of people standing or walking in Dublin streets including children, women, men, cab-drivers, policemen, a shoe-shiner, a newspaper seller; Dublin shop-fronts, roadworks, automobiles, trams, cyclists and horse-drawn vehicles; Bray promenade and surroundings; Dun Laoghaire harbour and surroundings; people (including children) at seaside resorts, including Bray and Laytown Strand, paddling, walking, playing in the sand, collecting cockles, observing rockpools and using bathing boxes; Great Exhibition (Herbert Park, 1907); National Library, Kildare Street; Leinster House, Kildare Street; Boats and ships including the S. S. Scotia docked in Holyhead and a barque (possibly the Palme) stranded at Monkstown; People (including children) riding donkeys, horses, jaunting-cars and other horse-drawn vehicles; Trains and train stations; zoos; parades and processions, including a Dublin funeral; Views of Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan, Bundoran, Co. Donegal, and other rural scenes from unidentified villages; Views of Cork including Grand Parade and Glanmire Station; Dundalk courthouse; Various sports including rugby, polo and motorcar racing; some portraits of J. J. Clarke; images of unidentified seaside resorts and rural areas could possibly be Wales or England.

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Bibliographic Details
Main Creator: Clarke, J. J. (John J.), 1879-1961, photographer.
Contributors: Clarke, Brian P., donor.
Format: Photo
Notes:Individual items of the Clarke Collection are catalogued under call number (CLAR1 - 146), title and subject.

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Photographer J. J. Clarke (1879-1961); born Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan. Educated at Castleknock College and Catholic University, Dublin, from where he qualified as a doctor in 1904. It is about this time (ca.1897-1904) that he is believed to have taken the extensive collection of photographs of Dublin and its environs. He travelled extensively, both abroad and in Ireland, spending twice yearly holidays in Co. Donegal, principally at Bundoran, where many of his earliest photographs were taken. All of the photographs of the Clarke Collection were taken by him, with the exception of CLAR113 and CLAR113a, both of which were taken by the Lawrence Studio and previously owned by J. J. Clarke.

Selection of Clarke Collection images exhibited under the title "Edwardian Cameraman", Dublin Camera Club, 1976.

Selection of Clarke Collection images exhibited under the title "Dubliners", National Photographic Archive, 2001.

Physical description: 23 boxes ; mounted, in preservation envelopes, in mylar, in phase boxes.

Physical description: plastic negatives 272 : b&w.

Physical description: glass negatives 76.

Physical description: postcards 7.

Physical description: prints 521 : b&w.

Physical description: plastic positives 75 : b&w.

Finding Aids: Photocopied surrogates of the Clarke Collection are available for viewing in the Reading Room of the National Photographic Archive, Temple Bar.

Published / Created: [ca.1890-1910].
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