DEIRDRE
1916
Andrew O'Connor  b. Worcester, Mass. USA 1874 d. Dublin 1941
Deirdre by Andrew O'Connor
© Estate of Andrew O'Connor, Photograph © John Kellett/Drogheda Borough Council
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Plaster
Dimensions: 34 x 23 x 21 cm
Permanent Catalogue No. DMAC 0014
Provenance: Presented by Captain D. Malcolm Frazer via the Friends of the National Collection of Ireland, 1948.

Andrew O'Connor was born in the USA and studied under his father, Andrew O'Connor, the elder, Sculptor, from Lanarkshire, Scotland. The monumental works of Andrew junior are scattered over Europe and America amongst the most famous being the Statue of Justice at the Peace Palace, The Hague, and the equestrian bronze of General La Fayette in Baltimore, Ma., USA.

He lived most of his life in America and France but from 1932, he divided his time between London and Dublin. He stressed his Irish ancestry and presented many of his later sculptures to the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin. Two of his sons, Patrick and Roderick, were artists and Patrick became curator of the Municpal Gallery. He died in Dublin in 1941.

This piece is the original plaster cast for the head of Deirdre (bronze) in the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, with its reference to the closing scene of John Millington Synge's ‘Deirdre of the Sorrows’.

Inscribed on base: "And death should be a poor untidy thing though it’s a queen that dies and on the right side: And it’s cold your ams will be this night that were warm about my neck so often" (John Millington) Synge.


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