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Thursday 19 October 2017

Gallery may make offer for €90,000 collection

THE directors of Dublin's Hugh Lane Gallery are considering whether to make an offer for a collection of items linked to artist Harry Clarke that has been kept in storage there for 16 years.

The ornaments, prints and illustrations by the stained glass artist, which have never been on show, are believed to be worth €90,000.

The gallery shows several stained glass works created by Clarke, who was born in Dublin in 1889 and died in Zurich in 1931.

Last month, Fiana Griffin, executor and partner of the late David Clarke - the artist's son -wrote to the gallery's directors saying that it was David Clarke's wish that the collection of items he had sold would be owned by the gallery.

Surprised

Ms Griffin said she was surprised to learn that certain items stored in the gallery were privately-owned by former board member Pat Conlan.

Brendan Kenny, an assistant chief executive of Dublin City Council and a director of the gallery, told the Herald that at the time the items were sold "the gallery did not have the necessary funds and one of the directors bought the items".

"There was a misunderstanding and the aim is now to resolve the issue to everyone's satisfaction," he said.

It is believed Mr Conlan had acted to help the gallery gain possession of the collection at a time when it did not have the resources to buy the items itself.

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