'Number 5, Henrietta Street, Dublin'

Flora H. Mitchell, ‘Number 5, Henrietta Street, Dublin’, c.1950s

Flora H. Mitchell (Nebraska 1890 – 1973 Dublin)
Number 5, Henrietta Street, Dublin, c.1950s  

Ink, watercolour and graphite on paper
Purchased, 1969
NGI 7279

‘He emerged from under the feudal arch of the King's Inns, a neat modest figure, and walked swiftly down Henrietta Street. The golden sunset was waning and the air had grown sharp. A horde of grimy children populated the street. They stood or ran in the roadway, or crawled up the stops before the gaping doors, or squatted like mice upon the thresholds.’
A Little Cloud, p.82*

In the 1720s, Luke Gardiner laid out Henrietta Street, an enclave of palatial houses on the north side of the city. The earliest Georgian street in Dublin, it was once home to the ‘old nobility’ but fell into disrepair in the nineteenth century.  In ‘A Little Cloud’, Joyce presents a vivid picture of the dilapidated tenement houses overrun by street urchins.


 

*Please note: page numbers cited in the labels refer to The O’Brien Press 2012 edition of Dubliners by James Joyce, published to coincide with the ‘One City, One Book’ festival 2012. This edition is for sale in the NGI Shop.

 

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