'O'Connell Bridge, Dublin'

Flora H. Mitchell, ‘O’Connell Bridge, Dublin’, c.1950s

Flora H. Mitchell (Nebraska 1890 – 1973 Dublin)
O’Connell Bridge, Dublin, c.1950s  

Ink, watercolour, gouache and graphite on paper
Purchased, 1969
NGI 7287

‘‘As the cab drove across O’Connell Bridge Miss O’Callaghan said: ‘They say you never cross O’Connell Bridge without seeing a white horse.’ ‘I see a white man this time,’ said Gabriel. ‘Where?’ asked Mr Bartell D’Arcy. Gabriel pointed to the statue, on which lay patches of snow. Then he nodded familiarly to it and waved his hand. ‘Good-night, Dan,’ he said gaily."

The Dead, p.241*

In her old age, American born Flora Mitchell produced hundreds of sketches of the streets and buildings of Dublin, many of which are now in the National Gallery of Ireland’s collection. Fifty finished ink and watercolour drawings were used to illustrate her book Vanishing Dublin (1967). The images represent an invaluable record of a bygone Dublin, as many of the buildings depicted have since been demolished.

 

*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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