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31 Mar 2012
Curator: Della Clason Sperling
Sperling Arts New York
28 Nov 2014
Curator: Angela Nacol
Independent Curator & Collections Mgr
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Anna Livia Plurabelle by Roger Cummiskey
Title: Anna Livia Plurabelle
Desc: This painting is based on the main character in Joyce’s “Finnegans Wake”. The character is interchangeable between a heroine and a river (The Liffey), which enters the sea as it flows through Dublin. It is therefore both.
The image is from one of a series of river gods commissioned by the famous architect James Gandon (1743-1823) from Edward Smyth, a virtually unknown stonemason who worked on them from 1780 to their completion in 1786, for the Custom House in Dublin.
The “heads of the river” were 14 in number and were called after 14 different rivers in Ireland.
“riverrun, past Eve and Adams, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth, Castle and Environs”. Finnegans Wake b
Size: 100 x 80 x 4 cm
Price Range: Major - over $5,000
In calendar: Yes