The Year’s at the Spring. An Anthology of Recent Poetry. Compiled by L.D’O. Walters and Illustrated by Harry Clarke. With an Introduction by Harold Monro. London: Harrap, 1920. First edition. Quarto. pp. 128. Beige cloth, title and decoration in blue and red on upper cover and spine. A good copy in rare dust jacket.
Harry Clarke (1889-1931), stained-glass artist and book illustrator, was born in Dublin on 17th March, 1899, son of an Irish mother and an English father with a church decorating business at 33 North Frederick Street. Educated at Belvedere College. Apprenticed to his father’s business in 1905, in 1910 he became a full-time student at the Metropolitan School of Art. Awarded gold medals for stained-glass design in national competitions of the Board of Education 1911, 1912, and 1913, the year in which he entered ‘The Watchman of Ovada’.
His first stained-glass commission was for the Honan Chapel in Cork. He went on to design windows for many churches throughout this country, England, and the U.S. Without fear of contradiction Clarke’s windows are amongst the greatest works in stained glass ever executed.