Set of nine panels. Originally made for Lawrence Waldron of Marino, Ballybrack, Killiney, Co. Dublin. Sold to a private collector at Christies (21 May 1997)

Originally made for Laurence Waldron of Marino, Ballybrack, Killiney, Co. Dublin

Total set of Queens' Panels

Harry designed nine Queens’ panels for his patron, Laurence Waldron, for his library in Marino, Ballybrack, Killiney, Co. Dublin. He firstly created a set of preparatory drawings for the panels (Christies website: lot 35, Sale 7719). The inspiration for the panels was the poem by John Millington Synge entitled Queens, published in 1909. The poem satirically describes a selection of great women from the past (The Dolmen Press: 1986).
Each panel illustrates lines taken from Synge’s poem. Each panel is signed by Harry Clarke. James Hicks designed a black wrought-iron stand to exhibit the nine panels. The nine stained glass panels depicting the Queens were sold at Christies to a private collector on, 21 May 1997, lot 65 for £331,500. This was a world record price for the artist (Bowe: 2006).
Bowe, Gordon, N., A Regal Blazedepiction of Synge's Queens, From: Irish Arts Review, vol 23, no 2, 2006, p. 96
____The Dolmen Press, J. M. Synge Queens, Harry Clarke, Monrath, County Laois, 1986
Photo credit: Mark Fiennes, by kind permission of Caroline Fiennes
Text by Lucy Costigan 2009

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Christies: Preparatory drawings for Queens panels (Lot 35, Sale 7719)


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9 8 7
Panel 1 Panel 2 Panel 3
6 5 4
Panel 4 Panel 5 Panel 6
3 2 1
Panel 7 Panel 8 Panel 9