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A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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Albert Power RHA
1881 - 1945
IRISH
BUST OF DEAN JONATHAN SWIFT
inscribed: RUBULIAK/ REPLICA BY/ A G POWER 1910
marble
87 by 60cm., 34¼ by 23¼in. (excluding column)
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Provenance

Adam's, Dublin, 1986

Catalogue Note

Albert Power was one of the leading sculptors in Ireland during the late 1920s and 1930s. As a young boy he learnt stone carving as an apprentice with the Smyth family and later studied at the Metropolitan School of Art, where he was taught figure-drawing by master practitioner William Orpen. He went on to exhibit regularly at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, winning the National Gold Medal for Sculpture in 1911. In 1912, he set up his own stone sculpture business and regularly received commissions for busts of prominent Irish public figures. 

The present bust of Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) - the famous satirist, essayist, poet and cleric - author of Gulliver's Travels (1726) and cleric of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, is modelled on the original by Louis-Francois Roubiliac (1702-1762), which Roubiliac made for Trinity College, Dublin and currently sits alongside many other important 18th century busts. Roubiliac was a French sculptor who worked in England and became one of the most prominent sculptors in London working in the rococo style. Power also did a bronze bust of W. B. Yeats, see lot 44.

A Living Legacy: Irish Art from the Collection of Brian P. Burns

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London