About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

Filter Artists:

  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/363
  • First Name: Margaret
  • Last Name: Clarke
  • Variant Names: Crilley, Margaret
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1888
  • Date of Death: 1961
  • Place of Birth: Down
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Painting
    • Design
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Oil Painting
    • Drawings
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Landscape / Portrait
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 7
  • Manuscript Material: No
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Crawford Municipal Gallery, Cork.
    • National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
    • Limerick City Gallery of Art (includes National Collection of Contemporary Drawing).

other Info Source:

Snoddy's Dictionary of Irish Artists, 20th Century (1996)


1924 Tailteann. Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
1928 Tailteann. Bronze trophy.


Orpen, Sir William, Stories of Old Ireland and Myself, London, 1924


1905 Metropolitan School of Art.


Clarke was a portrait, landscape and figure painter. She taught painting and drawing from life in the School of Art in Dublin and the Royal Hibernian Schools. Wife of stained glass artist and illustrator Harry Clarke, RHA and (1889-1931) mother of David Clarke, she was elected a member of the RHA in 1927. She was also one of the members of the executive committee of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art when it was established in 1943. Her work was added to the National Portrait Collection in 2001.