Thursday Doors comes from the Crawford Gallery in Cork City, this week. It’s a former art college that was built in 1884, funded by W. H. Crawford and designed by Arthur and Henry Hill. Part of the building was originally the city’s custom house, erected in 1774. The iron gates and railings are beautifully ornate and the work of a man called Watson.
The bell in the slide show stands at the main entrance and is the work of Vivienne Roche. Presented to the gallery in 1991 by the Friends of Crawford, it’s called the Viapori Bell and is made from bronze and steel, standing 263 cms (8’3″) high.
There are some very interesting sculptures on the ground floor of the gallery, which I’ve put into a slideshow. My favourite is the one in the blue and white shirt. 😉
‘The Canova Casts on display at the Crawford Gallery represent some of the finest masterpieces from the Vatican Collection. They were made under the supervision of renowned Italian sculptor Antonio Canova and include casts of some of his own works. They came to be in the possession of the Crawford Gallery in something of a circumspect manner, having first arrived at the London Custom’s House at the start of the 19th Century, before later being exhibited at the old Apollo Gallery on Patrick Street, under the care of the Cork Society of Arts. After the Royal Cork Institution took over the Cork School of Art they were moved to the Old Custom house, the building which today comprises most of the Crawford Art Gallery, where they provided students of art a chance to study human form and anatomy.’ *
Thanks for dropping in, I’ll be posting some more images from Cork City next week. There are more Thursday Doors to explore on Norm’s blog, you’ll find the links to them by clicking the ‘blue frog’ at the end of his post.