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I can’t belive I never happened on this site before now,it archives an ecclesiastical decorating company from Dublin & Catalogues many of their design ideas & features many of church’s talked about on this thread, some of the designs are as yet unidentified or may never have been completed.

this is described as [Design for decorative scrolling ornament, including roundels containing images of St Patrick, Christ, the Lion of St Mark, and the angel of St Matthew/I]in St Patrick’s Church,cork

And here we have a Coloured design for decoration of side walls of chancel of Ballaghdereen Cathedral, including diaper-work, designs for window surrounds, roundels containing Angels and Saints, and designs featuring angels with scrolls for the ceiling panels.These ceiling panels were still there this time last year.

here we have an unidentified Coloured design for decorative paint effects for part of chancel and apse.

This is the archive of one of the largest and most prestigious ecclesiastical decorators in Ireland and the UK which operated out of their office and workshops in Dublin’s Camden Street from 1852-1974. The archive, consisting of 337 design drawings and 30 bound volumes of supporting documentation, was donated by the Earley family to the National Irish Visual Arts Library at the National College of Art and Design between 2002 and 2005. A project to index and digitise the drawings was completed in 2004 and this material made available to the public on the NIVAL website. click Record Details in orange to bring up a small thumbnail at the bottom of the page then click that to enlarge

About the Earley & Company Archives
There are 337 drawings in the collection, executed in pen and ink or pencil with watercolour on paper. The designs are for stained glass, altarpieces, baptisteries and pulpits, as well as decorative and figurative designs for walls and ceilings. The collection also contains some documentary photographs.

Earley & Company originated as Earley and Powells in Dublin in 1864. The firm was one of the largest and most prestigious ecclesiastical decorators both in Ireland and the U.K. The company secured its prominence through its versatility in being able to produce sculpture, painted decoration, glass and metal work, and through its well-established links with the Catholic hierarchy. All the designs in this collection have come from the company’s premises at 1, Upper Camden Street where they were based until 1975. During the period of their operation, the firm designed and executed a very large number of projects for churches in Ireland and England , with a few commissions from Australia and the United States .

The majority of the designs are for stained glass windows and altars, and this reflects the emphasis of the company’s activities and the most popular commissions. Most of the drawings date from the earliest periods when the company was run by Thomas Earley (1819-1893) and his nephews John Bishop Earley (1856 -1935) and William Earley (1872-1956). There are very few drawings from the firm’s activities of the later period.

The designs are highly finished and appear to have been used for display to prospective clients. There are few actual working drawings or cartoons.

The designs are rarely personally credited. Some may contain initials or a signature, but the majority are signed ‘Earley & Powells’ or ‘Earley & Co.’ This indicates a strong workshop ethos and corporate identity.

About the Earley Database

In 2004, the Library completed a project of digitising the Earley designs and establishing a searchable database of the collection. This project was carried out by Eneclann, Ltd., an archives and records management company, and was funded by the National College of Art & Design and the Heritage Council.

The database records contain summary information extracted from the designs, as well as an image index number. The majority of records also display a large thumbnail image for quick reference. To view a full-screen image, click on the thumbnail or the image index number where appropriate.

The original drawings and large scale, preservation quality images of the complete collection are available to view on disc in the Library. Additional background information on the Earley’s can also be found in the Library.

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