Harry Clarke: The Master of Stained Glass

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457px-PitandthePendulum-Clarke Illustration for Edgar Allan Poe’s story “The Pit and the Pendulum”, first printed in 1919.

On the 17th of March 1889, Harry Clarke, an Irish stained glass artist and book illustrator, was born in Dublin, Ireland. The second son of Joshua Clarke and Brigid McGonigle, he was remarkable already as a child for his extraordinary individuality and intelligence. After attending several schools, including the Model Schools in Marlborough Street, he became a pupil in Belvedere College at an earlier than college admission age. Allegedly, his exceptional ability in drawing was spotted when he produced a series of caricatures of his professors and school friends. After completing his education at Belvedere College he joined his father’s business, the Stained Glass Studio, where he met William Nagle, a student of the Hibernian Academy Schools, who taught the young Clarke drawing and designing for stained glass; he also stressed to him…

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