Harry Clarke :Private Collector- St. Julian

Private Collector- St. Julian

St. Julian (Panel, 1919)
Number of Window
Contact Info:
Private Collector
St. Julian (Panel, 1919)


The St. Julian panel was inspired by the legend of St. Julien d’hospitalier, included in Three Tales, written by Gustave Flaubert in 1877. The character of Julian is based on the life of St. Julian as depicted in the stained glass window in Rouen. The story tells of Julian’s transgressions of cruelty and self-gratification, his descent into depression and suicidal impulses, and finally his pursuit of an ascetic life of redemption.
The panel depicts the saint in profile, dressed in the soldier’s garb of his youth, wearing a beautifully decorated red cloak. Harry worked on the St. Julian panel during June 1919. It is made of two panels, flashed ruby glass behind a panel of flashed blue glass. The panel was framed in a wooden mount and signed H. Clarke 1.9.19 (Bowe: 1994).

Bowe, N. Gordon, The Life and Work of Harry Clarke, Irish Academic Press, 1994

Link Rouen in text to French website: Web

Text by Lucy Costigan 2009