Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Sculptor and stonecarver, of Dublin, for whom see Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 397-400. (1)  Albert Power, the son of a Dublin watchmaker, was unusual for his time in that he was both a fine art sculptor and a stone-carver. By the late nineteenth century, as Breathnach-Lynch has pointed out,(2) the distinction between fine art sculptors and stonecarvers had hardened. The former normally supplemented their incomes by teaching, whereas Power ran a stone-carving yard and was prepared to undertake architectural ornament and church furnishings.

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References



(1)   Obituaries of Power are in the Irish Times, 11 Jul 1945, the Evening Herald, 12 Jul 1945 and The Leader, 28 Jul 1945. Dara O' Conaola's Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996) is a well-illustrated monograph in Irish.

(1) Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, 'Albert Power RHA', Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1990-1991, 111.


23 work entries listed in chronological order for POWER, ALBERT GEORGE *


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, HOLLES STREET (& MERRION SQUARE), NATIONAL MATERNITY HOSPITAL
Date:
Nature: Corinthian capitals, window case consoles,modillion brackets on cornice, panel above Merrion Square door and swags etc in tympanum of pedimen.
Refs: Illus. in illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 49.
Information from David Griffin.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MERRION STREET UPPER, ROYAL COLLEGE OF SCIENCE
Date: 1911
Nature: Executed statue representing Science in pediment of main portico and statues of Boyle and Hamilton on main front, but all designed by Oliver Sheppard. Also four figure groups on street-front parapet.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 398;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 560.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, RICHMOND STREET NORTH, CHRISTIAN BROTHERS' SCHOOL
Date: 1913
Nature: Statues of SS. Joseph and Patrick in niches flanking reredos.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 398;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005),  140.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ADELAIDE ROAD, ROYAL VICTORIA EYE & EAR HOSPITAL
Date: 1915
Nature: Bronze relief of Sir Henry Rosborough Swanzy in stair hall, 1915.
Refs: Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 491.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, BULL ALLEY, IVEAGH PLAY CENTRE
Date: 1915a
Nature: Series of seated cherubs for facade, later removed.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 398

Building: CO. MAYO, BALLA, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1919
Nature: Series of figures of Irish saints for reredos 'in hands at present'.
Refs: IB 61, 3 May 1919, 205

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ST STEPHEN'S GREEN
Date: 1919;1925ca;1932
Nature: Bust of Thomas Kettle in central parterre, 1919;  limestone seat in memory of Anna Maria and Thomas Haslam in central parterre., circa 1925; Constance Markievicz statue, unveiled 1932 but later removed after damage by vandals; 
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 534.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, EARLSFORT TERRACE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
Date: 1919a
Nature: Carving, including series of heads 'of philosophers and sages of the ages past';  illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 47-48.

Refs: IB 61, 3 May 1919, 205

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET LOWER, NO. 010-11 (MUNSTER & LEINSTER BANK)
Date: 1919a
Nature: Relief over main entrance and series of heads on upper facade.
Refs: IB 61, 3 May 1919, 205; Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 398; Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, 'Albert Power RHA', Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1990-1991, 113; 
illus. in Dara O' Conaola Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 45. .

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRACE PARK ROAD, ALL HALLOWS COLLEGE
Date: 1920s
Nature: Statue of Madonna and Child in limestone (using his wife and son as models).
Refs: Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, 'Albert Power RHA', Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1990-1991, 113(illus.); Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, O'CONNELL STREET UPPER, NO. 020-22 (GRESHAM HOTEL)
Date: 1926-1929
Nature: Enrichments on facade: coat of arms, urns, sphinxes (modelled on his wife's face). Cost £700.
Refs: Letter from J.J. Robinson in Clonliffe College Archive, MS p139/4; Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399;  illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 46.

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GLASNEVIN, PROSPECT CEMETERY, WALSH MEMORIAL
Date: 1926-29
Nature: Memorial to Archbishop Walsh (d.1921). Figure and sarcophagus by Power to John J. Robinson's designs.
Refs: Clonliffe College archive, MS p139/4; Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399;  Illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 64.


Building: CO. GALWAY, BALLINASLOE, CHURCH OF ST MICHAEL (RC)
Date: 1928a
Nature: High altar in Connemara marble with white marble figure of dead Christ beneath. Also altar furnishings (except tabernacle door)
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399;  illus. in illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 59.


Building: CO. GALWAY, GORT, STATUE OF CHRIST THE KING
Date: 1930s
Nature: -
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399

Building: CO. GALWAY, GALWAY, EYRE SQUARE, PADRAIC O CONAIRE STATUE
Date: 1935a
Nature: Unveiled 1935.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 400;  illus. in illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996),  53-54.


Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ROBERT EMMET BRIDGE
Date: 1937
Nature: Oval plaque with relief bust of Emmet.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 400

Building: CO. KERRY, TRALEE, KERRY PIKEMEN MEMORIAL
Date: 1939
Nature: Unveiled 18 Jun 1939 by Maud Gonne MacBride.
Refs: Irish Press, 13 Jun 1939(illus.);  illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 81.


Building: CO. DUBLIN, SKERRIES, CHURCH OF ST PATRICK (RC)
Date: 1939
Nature: Statue of St Patrick.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 400

Building: CO. WESTMEATH, MULLINGAR, CATHEDRAL OF CHRIST THE KING (RC)
Date: 1939a
Nature: Portland stone tympanum over main entrance representing Virgin handing over model of old cathedral of St Mary to Christ the King.
Refs: Mullingar Cathedral (a guide); Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 400;  illus. in illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 60.


Building: CO. DONEGAL, CARNDONAGH, CHURCH OF THE SACRED HEART (RC)
Date: 1945a
Nature: 4 large granite statues (SS. Columcille, Patrick & Brigid, Sacred Heart) on drum of dome. Erected 10 Jul 1945, day on which Power died.
Refs: Nort West Ulster, 165; Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, 'Albert Power RHA', Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1990-1991, 113,114(illus.); Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 400;  illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 62-3.

Building: CO. GALWAY, GARBALLY PARK (BALLINASLOE), ST JOSEPH'S COLLEGE
Date: ?
Nature: Statue of St Joseph and the Child Jesus.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399;  illus. in illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996), 61.


Building: CO. GALWAY, GARBALLY PARK (BALLINASLOE), ST JOSEPH'S COLLEGE
Date: ?
Nature: Three chapel altars in Connemara marbles and altar furnishings.
Refs: Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, 'Albert Power RHA', Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1990-1991, 112(illus.),113; Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 399;  illus. in illus. in Dara O' Conaola, Saol agus Saothar: Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oirr Teo, 19, 1996),  58.


Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, MEATH STREET, CHURCH OF ST CATHERINE (RC)
Date: ?
Nature: Renovation of altars on behalf of The Craftworkers Ltd.
Refs: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century (1996), 398

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Bhreathnach-lynch, Sighle 'Albert Power, RHA' 1991 Irish Arts Review Yearbook 1990-1991, 111-114