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  • Clúdach:Cover

With this issue, we present the last of a quartet of covers drawn from nineteenth-century paintings (all of them, in our selection, featuring animals) held in the collections of the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork.

The cover of our Winter issue is Feeding Time by the Cork-born artist Hugh C. Charde (1858–1946). After early studies in Cork, Charde went to Antwerp from 1883–84 to study at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts; he is thought to have studied in Paris as well, though the records are unclear. During his years on the continent, he sent paintings for exhibition at the Royal Dublin Society. He returned to Cork in 1886, but after showing a portrait at the Royal Hibernia Academy that year, did not exhibit his work again until 1900, when Feeding Time (49.5 x 60 cm) was shown there. Charde was primarily a landscapist, painting many views in Cork and Kerry, for example of Kinsale Harbor and the Old Head, as well as at Dingle and of the Kenmare River. Although he favored scenes of beach, rivers, and estuaries, his most well-known work is probably the 1920 Portrait of Terence MacSwiney, Lord Mayor of Cork, also held by the Crawford. In later life, Charde became second master of the School of Art in Cork, and then head master until 1937.

We hope that our recent covers have encouraged readers to learn more about the Crawford Art Gallery, which is both a national cultural institution and a regional art museum for Munster. The permanent collection of the Crawford Art Gallery has grown steadily in recent years, and now comprises more than 2,500 works, ranging from eighteenth-century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. Located on Emmet Place in Cork City, the oldest of the Crawford's buildings dates back to 1724. We encourage you to visit the gallery's extensive website at http://www.crawfordartgallery.ie/index.html.

We thank the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, for kind permission to reproduce this work. [End Page 149]

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