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date: 18 November 2019

Clarke familylocked

  • Hilary Pyle


Irish artists. (1) Margaret Clarke was a painter; her husband, (2) Harry Clarke, was an illustrator and stained-glass artist. After his death in 1931, Margaret Clarke took over the direction of his stained-glass studios.

Hilary Pyle

(b Newry, 1888; d Dublin, 1961).

Painter. She attended Newry Technical School and went to Dublin in 1905 to study at the Metropolitan School of Art under William Orpen, whose assistant she became. In October 1914 she married Harry Clarke. Her many commissioned paintings include portraits of Dermod O’Brien, President of the Royal Hibernian Academy (1935), Dr Edward Sheridan, President of the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin (1946), and the painting St Patrick Climbs Croagh Patrick (Dublin, Mansion House), commissioned by the Haverty Bequest in 1932, in which the academic influence of Orpen is clear. However, she made her reputation with landscapes and small format subject paintings such as the portrait of ...

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