'Number 15, Usher's Island, Dublin'

Flora H. Mitchell, ‘Number 15, Usher’s Island, Dublin’, c.1950s

Flora H. Mitchell (Nebraska 1890 – 1973 Dublin)
Number 15, Usher’s Island, Dublin, c.1950s  

Ink and watercolour on paper
Bequeathed, the Artist, 1973
NGI 7591

‘It was a great affair the Misses Morkan’s annual dance. For years and years it had gone off in splendid style […] in the dark, gaunt house on Usher’s Island, the upper part of which they had rented from Mr Fulham, the corn-factor on the ground floor.’
The Dead, p.198*

The tall Georgian house at number 15 Usher’s Island is the setting for the last story in Dubliners, 'The Dead’.  The light and colour of the festive rooms is well drawn by Joyce. The sights and sounds experienced by the introspective narrator Gabriel are described in brilliant detail. The house, which was restored in 2003, is now privately owned but on occasion (for example Culture Night) it is opened to the public.

 

*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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