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Farrell, Sir Thomas

Paula Murphy

in Oxford Art Online


Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9781884446054 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/gao/9781884446054.article.T027602

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(b Dublin, 1827; d Dublin, July 2, 1900).

Irish sculptor. He was the third son of Terence Farrell (1798–1876), a sculptor who headed a family workshop and earned fame carving miniature portrait busts. Thomas Farrell trained with his father and at the Royal Society School, Dublin. In 1852 he won a competition that resulted in a prestigious commission for his kneeling figure of Archbishop Murray (1855; Dublin, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral); he went to Italy to choose the marble and while there studied a range of sculpture, most particularly Neo-classical. Farrell received notable patronage from the Catholic and Nationalist communities, and a second important commission is the marble figure of Cardinal Cullen, the first Irish cardinal (1882; Dublin, St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral), which is positioned on a drum of high-relief figures, a method of presentation seen in European monumental sculpture of the first half of the 19th century.

Unlike his contemporaries, absentee artists John Henry Foley and John Hogan, Farrell pursued his career in Ireland. Among his numerous public monuments are the bronze statues of ...

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Subjects: Sculpture and Carving ; 19th-Century Art

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