Albert Power

Life
1881-1945 [Albert G. Power]; b. Dublin, 16 Nov.; son of a fitter turned jeweller and watch-maker; ed. CBS, North Brunswick St.; engaged in workshop of Smyth family; evening pupil in Dublin Metropolitan School of Art; trained by Orpen and Oliver Sheppard [sic]; occupied stone-carving premises in 18 Geraldine St. and later at Berkeley Rd.; carved facades in O’Connell St.; portrait works incl. Terence MacSwiney in death and heads of W. B. Yeats (NGI & Sandymount Green); Arthur Griffith; Michael Collins; Cathal Brugha; Eamon de Valera; also a life-size seated figure of the celebrated story-teller Pádraic Ó Conaire in limestone, set in Eyre Square, Galway (the object of a vandal attack in 1999), the tympanum of Mullingar Cathedral, the cenotaph on Leinster Lawn and the Tailteann ‘Queen’ as well as many altars; his marble “Conemara Trout” is in the National Gallery of Ireland. [DIB]

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Criticism
Dara Ó Conaola, Albert Power, R.H.A.: Saol agus Saothar Albert Power (Ceardshiopa Inis Oírr Teo. 1996), and do. [trans. as] Albert Power: Master Sculptor ([London:] Nonsuch 2006), 128pp.; Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, ‘The Art of Albert G. Power: A Sculptural Legacy of Irish Ireland’, in Raymond Gillespie and Brian P. Kennedy, eds., Ireland: Art into History (Town House/Roberts Rinehart 1994), pp.118-31.

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