"Without atmosphere a painting is nothing" - Rembrandt van Rijn(1606 – 1669)

The Rock of Cashel

The medieval 5th century fortress dominates the central plains of Ireland. The Rock of Cashel is based on a watercolour that the artist did in the town of Cashel on 30th December 1988.. The imposing ancient monument is Irelands equivalent to the Parthenon at Athens or Mont Sant'Michel in France's Normandy. Like them it dominates the surrounding landscape. As a schoolboy Matthew bicycled from Dublin with a friend to visit the Rock of Cashel. In those days the scene was wild and overgrown and had a very Romantic look about it. It had not yet been taken in hand by the Irish Tourist Board (Bord Failté). Like two figures in a nineteenth-century antiquarian engraving the two schoolboys sat on ancient overturned gravestones, while contemplating the beautiful surrounding Tipperary countryside. The Rock of Cashel conveys, almost unconsciously, the wildness of the Rock of Cashel in Ireland's early 1950s.

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