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    Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Storm at the Mouth of the Grand Canal, Venice, c.1840 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. (Click on image to enlarge).

    THE Turner watercolours in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland go on display for one month today. A Light in the Darkness is the title this year of the annual Turner exhibition. The watercolours are displayed only in January when the light is low.  They are from the Vaughan Bequest, made to the gallery in 1900.  The show runs until January 31.

    Harry Clarke (1889-1931) The Little Sea Maid, 1915 Photo © National Gallery of Ireland. (Click on image to enlarge).

    Meanwhile a new display at Ireland’s National Gallery is aimed at children.  Fables and Fairy Tales features illustrations for fairy tales, poems and stories by John Butler Yeats, Richard and Charles Doyle, Paul Henry and Harry Clarke. Images date from the 1870’s to the 1920’s a golden period in children’s book illustration.

    The images, which were created using a variety of media, include both preliminary sketches and colourful finished pieces.

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