THE IRISH SKETCHES OF FLORENCE VERE O’BRIEN
EDITED BY DAVID ROWE (BALLINAKELLA PRESS)
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Florence Vere O’Brien was born in 1854. Throughout her life she used her skills to record the places visited, much as we would use a camera today. She travelled with her adoptive parents throughout Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Germany and Russia, and eventually to Ireland. Her sketch-books contained over a thousand images, and her journals, which she had maintained throughout her life, were very well written. This work matches the sketches with related passages from the journals. The Irish sketches and watercolours are dated between 1880 and 1915, and are part of a large body of her artwork. She was a person of quite exceptional abilities and a talented artist, as well as a designer for embroidery and lace. She was the founder of the Limerick Lace School, and the “Clare Embroidery”.