Augustus John OM Galway 1916 and 1920

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Augustus John OM 1878–1961
Date 1916 and 1920
Medium Oil paint on 3 canvases
Dimensions Support: 2750 x 11900 mm
Acquisition Presented by Sir Edmund Davis 1917
Not on display

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This is the largest mural painting Augustus John produced. He began work on it, without any commission, when he was staying in Galway City on the west coast of Ireland, in 1915. He hoped to make ‘a vast picture synthesizing all that’s fine and characteristic in Galway City – a grand marshalling of the elements’.

This was during the war, just before the Irish uprising, and the issue of home rule was often in the newspapers. John’s view suggests a self-sufficient and independent Ireland, but not a modern one.

July 2008

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