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Anonymous Old Thomond Bridge  oil on canvas 62.5x 89 (1948)

Old Thomond Bridge


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Oil on canvas 62.5x 89cm (1948) This painting most likely of the early 19th century, is one of the secret treasures of the collection. For decades it was kept in an office of the limerick corporation, much appreciated by the office holder but by few others. When it finally came back into the collection at Pery square, and received its due terms of cleaning, repair and relining, it proved to be a very special work. It is not merely the topographical illustration of the subject, but a finely composed, coloured and painted work of art with a mood of serenity that becomes magical, much like (allowing for the vast differences in skill), Vermeer’s view of Delf.

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