Harry Clarke :Private Collector- Titania and Bottom, (Panel, 1922)

Private Collector- Titania and Bottom.


Titania and Bottom, (Panel, 1922)

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In 1921 Harry created a panel of Titania and Bottom, based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Act 4, scene 1). The panel was commissioned by Sir Robert Woods on November 28th 1921 (Bowe: 1994, 138). The first version of the panel was badly damaged in the kiln but Harry repaired it. He then designed a second version which when complete, was placed in a James Hicks cabinet. Sir Robert was so delighted with the panel that he insisted on buying both versions, at a cost of £40. (Bowe: 1994, 139).
The panel depicts Bottom in the centre, reclining on richly embroidered cushions beside the flowery riverbed. Beside him Titania, the fairy queen, reclines in a white shell. She is naked except for a sheet placed across her limbs. Puck stands behind her, while the fairies Cobweb, Moth, Peaseblossom and Mustardseed prance around in the wood.

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

Text by Lucy Costigan 2009