Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Stained-glass and graphic artist, of Dublin.(1) Harry Clarke was born in North Frederick Street, Dublin, on 17 March 1889, the younger son of JOSHUA CLARKE JOSHUA CLARKE . He was educated at Belvedere College until the death of his mother in 1914, when he joined his father in the family ecclesiastical decoration business. According to Harry Allberry's obituary of THOMAS FRANCIS MCNAMARA  THOMAS FRANCIS MCNAMARA in the Irish Builder, Clarke became McNamara's pupil but was advised by him to give up architecture for art.(2) Clarke studied stained glass in at the Metropolitan School of Art in Dublin under ALFRED ERNEST CHILD  ALFRED ERNEST CHILD from 1910-1913, and travelled in France in 1914. On the death of his father in 1921 he and his elder brother Walter took over the management of the family business. The demands of running the business and his own intense creative productivity appear to have taken their toll on Clarke's health. In 1925 he suffered a severe eye-infection and headaches, then in January 1926 he was nearly killed in a bicycling accident. In the later 1920s the business was divided, with Walter Clarke taking over the decorative side and Harry the stained-glass side.(3) In July 1930, Walter Clarke died at the age of forty-three.(4) Harry had meanwhile contracted tuberculosis, and on 2 January 1931 he died at Coire in Switzerland on his way home from Davos. He was survived by his wife, the painter Margaret Crilley, whom he had married in 1914, and three children: Ann, Michael, and David.(5)   The business continued as Harry Clarke Studios.

A large collection of Clarke material, comprising some six hundred items, is in the National Library of Ireland.

Address: 33 North Frederick Street, 1889 - until death.

For his works in Ireland see WORKS; see also BIBLIOGRAPHY. BIBLIOGRAPHY.



References



(1) For a full account of Clarke and his work see Nicola Gordon Bowe, The Life and Work of Harry Clarke (Irish Academic Press, 1989).
(2) IB 89, 11 Jan 1947, 10.
(3) IB 72, 2 Aug 1930, 688.
(4) See note 3, above.
(5) Information from Ann Simmons (Clarke's granddaughter).


54 work entries listed in chronological order for CLARKE, HARRY *


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Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CASTLEBLAYNEY, LAUREL HILL, CONVENT OF MERCY
Date: 1910p
Nature: Lancet window with image of Christ in chapel apse.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 233.

Building: CO. CORK, CORK, COLLEGE ROAD, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, HONAN CHAPEL
Date: 1915-1917
Nature: Stained glass windows:Patrick (3 light), Finbarr, Ita, Albert, Gobnait, Brendan, Declan, Joseph, BVM.
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 40

Building: CO. CORK, CASTLETOWNSEND, CHURCH OF ST BARRAHANE (CI, CASTLEHAVEN PARISH)
Date: 1918,1921,1926
Nature: 3 stained-glass windows: Nativity; St Louis of France; St Luke
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 38

Building: CO. WEXFORD, WEXFORD, BRIDE STREET, CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION (RC)
Date: 1919
Nature: 2-light window: BVM & Child
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 78

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HOWTH ROAD (CLONTARF), PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Date: 1919
Nature: War memorial window (4 lights)
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 47

Building: CO. DUBLIN, KILLINEY, KILLINEY HILL ROAD, CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY (CI)
Date: 1919
Nature: Stained-glass window: The Angel of Hope & Peace
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 52

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CHURCH STREET, CHURCH OF ST MARY OF THE ANGELS (RC, CAPUCHIN)
Date: 1919
Nature: Stained glass window 'for Church St, Dublin' exh. RHA.
Refs: RHA 1919, no. 299

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, CIRCULAR ROAD NORTH (PHIBSBOROUGH), CHURCH OF ST PETER (RC)
Date: 1919;1924
Nature:  3-light window in Sacred Heart Chapel (Adoration of the Sacred Heart), 1919.  4 twin-light windows in mortuary chapel, 1924.
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 48;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 278, Pl.87.


Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, TERENURE ROAD EAST, ST JOSEPH'S CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1920;1922;1923
Nature: 3 stained-glass windows: Crucifixion; Annunciation; Coronation of BVM
Refs: RHA 1919, no. 301; Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 53

Building: CO. KILDARE, HARRISTOWN (KILCULLEN), CHURCH (CI, CARNALWAY PARISH)
Date: 1921
Nature: Stained-glass window: St Hubert
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 59

Building: CO. WEXFORD, GOREY, CHRIST CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1922;1923
Nature: 2 windows in N transept St Stephen (SS Luke & Martin of Tours; St Stephen).
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 78;  Gloine, http://www.gloine.ie/gloine/diocese/building/2894/ (last visited, Dec 2016).

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BALBRIGGAN, CHURCH OF SS PETER & PAUL (RC)
Date: 1923-24
Nature: Stained glass windows: the Widow's Son; Visitation. Cost: £116.
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 47; J. Walsh, Church of SS Peter and Paul, Balbriggan (Dublin, 1992), 13-18

Building: CO. WICKLOW, KILBRIDE (ARKLOW), CHURCH OF ST BRIGID (CI, KILBRIDE ARKLOW PARISH)
Date: 1924
Nature: 3-light window (Resurrection) and abstract window over door in N transept
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 79

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, CLOUGHJORDAN, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1924
Nature: 5-light window: Ascension with saints
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 74

Building: CO. KERRY, DINGLE, PRESENTATION CONVENT
Date: 1924
Nature: 6 stained-glass windows in chapel.
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 58

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, STILLORGAN ROAD (DONNYBROOK), CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART (RC)
Date: 1924
Nature: Stained glass windows: SS Rita & Bernard (2 outer lights of 3-lightt window
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 51

Building: CO. DUBLIN, LUSK, CHURCH OF ST MACCULLINS (RC)
Date: 1924
Nature: 9 decorative chancel windows with floral ornament
Refs: RHA 1925, nos. 284,285; Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 48

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, SCOTSHOUSE, CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (RC)
Date: 1924p
Nature: E window (Viirgin, S. Joachim, St Anna).
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 529.

Building: CO. TIPPERARY, BALLYLOOBY, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1925
Nature: 2 2-light windows: Beheading of St John Baptist; St Bernadette
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 74

Building: CO. MAYO, BALLINROBE, CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: 1925
Nature: 8 stained-glass windows
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne,Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 67

Building: CO. GALWAY, BALLINASLOE, CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL (RC)
Date: 1925
Nature: Stained-glass window: St Patrick & St Rose of Lima
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 56

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RAHENY, BELCAMP HALL, NOVITIATE OF OBLATE FATHERS
Date: 1925
Nature: 6 stained-glass windows in chapel
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 48

Building: CO. DUBLIN, BLACKROCK, TEMPLE ROAD, CHURCH OF ST JOHN THE BAPTIST (RC)
Date: 1925
Nature: 2 windows in nave depicting (on left) Our Lady of Mount Carmel, St Sebastian and St Hubert and (on right) Christ Crucified & St Francis.
Refs: Information from Rev. Padraig McCarthy, St John's church, 2008

Building: CO. MAYO, HOLLYMOUNT, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1926
Nature: Stained-glass window: Ascension
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 68

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DONABATE, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1926
Nature: Stained glass window (2 lights), 'suffer little children'
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 47

Building: CO. GALWAY, TULLYCROSS (RENVYLE), CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1927
Nature: Stained-glass window: St Bernard & St Barbara with Christ
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 57

Building: CO. CLARE, KILLALOE, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1927
Nature: 2-light stained glass window: Presentation, Annunciation and Flight into Egypt
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 37

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, SANDFORD ROAD (RANELAGH), CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1927
Nature: 2-light stained-glass window (SS Peter & Paul)
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 52

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, FALLS ROAD, ST MARY'S DOMINICAN CONVENT
Date: 1927
Nature: Rose window in chapel.(But Martin O'Callaghan, Principal of St Mary's College, says there is no rose window in chapel, but that two windows in side wall were said by nuns to be by HC.)
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 31

Building: CO. DUBLIN, RATHFARNHAM CASTLE
Date: 1927-28
Nature: 6 stained-glass windows, now in Tullamore RC church
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 71

Building: CO. OFFALY, TULLAMORE, CHURCH OF THE ASSUMPTION (RC)
Date: 1927-8
Nature: 6 stained-glass windows formerly at Rathfarnham Castle
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988),

Building: CO. DUBLIN, CASTLEKNOCK, CHURCH OF ST BRIGID (CI)
Date: 1928
Nature: 3-light window: SS. Hubert, Luke & George
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 47

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 078-79 (BEWLEY'S)
Date: 1928
Nature: Glass in 4 windows in rear wall of ground floor depicting Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and composite orders.
Refs: Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 522.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, FRANCIS STREET, CHURCH OF ST NICHOLAS OF MYRA (RC)
Date: 1928
Nature: Stained-glass window (Marriage of the Virgin) in Nuptial Chapel.
Refs: Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 633.

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CARRICKMACROSS, O'NEILL STREET, CHURCH OF ST JOSEPH (RC)
Date: 1928ca
Nature: Stained-glass windows: SS Ceara, Macartan & Tigernach; Fanchea & Enda; Dymphna. For Rev. Patrick Keown, PP. (Mulligan gives some of these to Joshua Clarke.) Crucifixion & Entombment in S aisle from Studios of Harry Clarke, 1928ca.
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 70;  Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 218, Pl.92..


Building: CO. OFFALY, BALLYCUMBER, CHURCH (CI)
Date: 1929
Nature: 2-light window: Music & Literature
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 71

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LOUGH DERG, ST PATRICK'S PURGATORY, CHURCH (RC)
Date: 1929
Nature: 14 single lights: Stations of the Cross
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 70

Building: CO. MEATH, TRIM, ST LOMAN'S STREET, CATHEDRAL OF ST PATRICK (CI)
Date: 1929
Nature: 3-light window (Ascension), now in storage
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 69

Building: CO. DONEGAL, LETTERKENNY, CATHEDRAL OF ST EUNAN (RC)
Date: 1929
Nature: 10 decorative clerestory windows
Refs: Nicola Gordon Bowe, David Caron & Michael Wynne, Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass (Irish Academic Press, 1988), 42

Building: CO. KERRY, OAKPARK HOUSE (TRALEE)
Date: 1932
Nature: 5 windows in chapel sanctuary.(Moved c 1974(? )to Glenflesk, Killarney).
Refs: Bernadette Walsh, A History of Collis-Sandes House (Tony Walsh: Castleisland, 1997), 25

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LEESON STREET LOWER, NO. 017-18 (SACRED HEART CONVENT DAY SCHOOL FOR YOUNG LADIES)
Date: 1934a
Nature: Stained glass windows, moved in 1993 to Cavan Cathedral.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013),  249.

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CORDUFF, CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL (RC)
Date: 1936
Nature: Stained glass window in s transept by Harry Clarke Studios.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 296.

Building: CO. MONAGHAN, CARRICKMACROSS, CHURCH OF ST FINNBARR (CI, MAGHEROSS PARISH)
Date: 1937
Nature: Stained glass window in N wall of nave.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 217.

Building: CO. CAVAN, MILLTOWN (BELTURBET), CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1938
Nature: Stained glass E windiow (Crucifixion).
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 456.

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, ATHLONE, FRIARY LANE, CHURCH OF THE FOUR MASTERS (RC, FRANCISCAN)
Date: ?
Nature: 5 stained-glass windows in apse
Refs: Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 133

Building: CO. LOUTH, CHARLESTOWN, CHURCH (CI)
Date: ?
Nature: Stained glass in N wall
Refs: North Lerinster, 204

Building: CO. LOUTH, DROGHEDA, SHOP STREET, CHURCH OF ST AUGUSTINE (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: East window
Refs: Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 240

Building: CO. LOUTH, KNOCKBRIDGE (DUNDALK), CHURCH OF ST MARY (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: 2 stained-glass windows
Refs: Christine Casey & Alistair Rowan, The Buildings of Ireland: North Leinster (1993), 369

Building: CO. ANTRIM, BELFAST, ANTRIM ROAD, ST MALACHY'S DIOCESAN SEMINARY
Date: ?
Nature: Window depicting St Malachy in chapel said by Martin O'Callaghan, Principal of St Mary's College, Belfast, to be by HC)
Refs: -

Building: CO. KERRY, CASTLEGREGORY, CHURCH (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: Stained glass window by HC.
Refs: R. Hayward, In the Kingdom of Kerry (1946), ?

Building: CO. WEXFORD, COURTOWN, CHURCH OF THE STAR OF THE SEA (RC, RIVERCHAPEL PARISH)
Date: ?
Nature: Glass in 3 lancets at E end (Christ the King, the Virgin, and St Joseph) by Harry Clarke Studios.
Refs: Churches of the Diocese of Ferns (Booklink, 2004), 123-124(illus.).

Building: CO. WICKLOW, KILLAMOAT, CHURCH (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: Stained-glass window.
Refs: Brian Cantwell, ‘Memorials of the Dead’, 94 (Enneclan CD-ROM II).

Building: CO. CAVAN, KINGSCOURT, CHURCH OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: Stained glass windows in aisles by Harry Clarke Studios.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 402.

Building: CO. CAVAN, MUFF (KINGSCOURT), CHURCH OF OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: E window (Crucifixion) by Harry Clarke Studios.
Refs: Kevin V. Mulligan, The Buildings of Ireland: South Ulster (2013), 407.

Author Title Date Details
Bowe, Nicola Gordon Harry Clarke: a monograph and catalogue 1979 Dublin: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, 1979.
Bowe, Nicola Gordon The life and Work of Harry Clarke 1989 Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1989.
Bowe, Nicola Gordon, Caron, David, & Wynne, Michael Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass 1988 Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1988.