Born in Dublin, Harry Clarke was a stained glass artist and book illustrator. He studied stained glass at the Dublin Art School and soon after this he was off to London to pursue a career in book illustration.
His first printed work was ‘Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales’ in 1916. This included 16 colour plates and more than 24 monotone illustrations. But it was his illustrations for Edgar Allan Poe’s ‘Tales of Mystery and Imagination’ in 1923 that put him in the spotlight and made his name.
Clarke’s stained glass works are highly regarded for the beautiful rich palette and quality of draughtsmanship behind them.