John Cassidy Exhibition
12 July 2013 - 14 July 2013
Forty framed images of Cassidy's works taken by a professional photographer in their exact location in Great Britain and Ireland will be exhibited as well as paintings, sculpture pieces and other memorabilia. John Cassidy, a farmer's son was born at Littlewood, Slane, Co. Meath in 1860. He served his apprenticeship as a bar assistant in White Horse Hotel, Drogheda where he spent his spare time etching, drawing and painting. Aged twenty he went to work in Dublin where he attended night classes in Art School. Two years later he settled in Manchester where he spent the rest of his life. He studied at the school of Art there and established a studio in Lincoln Road. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, Hibernian Academy and in Manchester City Art Gallery. Some of his more famous sculptures are the Edward Colston statue in Bristol, the Hygeia Monument in Aberdeen, the Ben Brierley statue in Queen's Park, Manchester, and the Ship Canal Digger in Manchester City Art gallery. Perhaps his greatest achievements are to be seen in the famous John Rylands Gallery in Manchester. Here he fashioned a group of statues entitled Theology Directing the Labours of Science and Art. He also created two matching statues in white marble of John Rylands and his wife Enriqueta which stand guard over the two ends of the Library Reading Room. His many war memorials are much admired. John's best known work in Ireland is a statue in Portland stone of Queen Victoria in Belfast which he was commissioned to execute for the Queen's diamond jubilee. He died in 1939 and was buried in Southern Cemetery in Manchester.
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Address: Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane, Co Meath