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Construction: C.63-2007

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Brown, Denis (Calligrapher)
Byron, Catherine (Author)


Layers of rectangular pieces of glass, each engraved with a diamond-tipped burr. Three-dimensional layered construction, engraved on both sides of the pieces of glass with the poem, Liadain and Cuirithir by Catherine Byron, in a triangular formation surrounding a black-edged purple triangle (wood?) covered with black and gold calligraphy, with over it a black truncated triangle with gold calligraphy.The glass is encased in a rectangular wooden frame stained very dark brown.

Legal notes

Given by Sue Cavendish

Place(s) associated

  • Dublin ⪼ Ireland

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2007-11-19) by Cavendish, Sue


Late 20th Century
Production date: AD 1998 : dated

Components of the work

Frame composed of wood stain ( dark brown) wood Depth 6.1 cm Height 30 cm Width 21.6 cm
Form composed of glass ( sheets, probably six) Calligraphy

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: cream paper A 4 sheet, the left column is printed in italics; there are spaces between the 'verses' of the poem

  • Text: This work features a poem by Catherine Byron, written after she had seen an earlier glass piece by Denis Brown. It is part of a continuing collaboration between the two artists. The complete text is reproduced here.’ New paragraph. ‘Note: The ninth century Irish text Liadain and Cuirithir tells of the love of Liadain, a poet from Munster, and Cuirithir, a poet from Connaught.’ Right column: Liadain and Cuirithir/I/It is/falling slowly/through glass/feeling each chill/mineral slide/slice in/ keeping the cut/edges close/ no blood/It is the last/gasp, the clamping on ivory shucks/of air / It is/drawing the tackle tight/on the flung seine/of breathing / II / For us there are only words:/script on a scrap, or the sound/of the other listening,the voice and the ear in antiphon./ Or shall it be touch, that lichens/each of us over in gold?’/Poem, copyright 1997 Catherine Byron/Art, copyright 1998 Denis Brown’. At bottom right, in pencil ‘CALLIGRAPHY/BROWN/2’
  • Location: On the back
  • Method of creation: Printed in black in two columns with ink and pencil addition
  • Type: Label
  • Text: Denis Brown
  • Location: At top of cream label
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black
  • Type: Signature

Inscription present: followed by a flourish

  • Text: Denis Brown 98
  • Location: At bottom left of cream label
  • Method of creation: Hand-written in black
  • Type: Signature

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.63-2007
Primary reference Number: 165562
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Wednesday 31 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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