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07-29-2009, 04:09 AM

Title: The Old Glass House
Year Created:
Medium: Acrylic
Surface: Canvas
Dimension: 16 X 20
Allow digital alterations?: Yes!

This is my second attempt at this one. <br>This is The Old Glass House which was built in Ballycastle in 1755. It was in use for only 15 years. It is no longer there and where it was is now tennis courts. The river, of course, is still there and it is called The Margey River.
It isn't framed yet .....it just looks like it is!! :D

In the Dublin Journal of October 14th, 1755 there is a report – “The Ballycastle Glasshouse and warehouse and all the materials thereto belonging, being now finished and ready to go to work, the public both in Dublin and in all sea ports in the Kingdom may be served with any quantity of bottles they please to bespeak as vessels with coal from thence may bring bottles to any seaport and as said glass house is sixty feet in diameter in the clear. Capable of carrying on the said manufacture in all its branches, the proprietors in time intend to make window glass and other plate glass, which must be of great advantage to the nation.”

I have big trouble with "values" so do you think they are any better here?<br>Anything else?

07-29-2009, 05:02 AM
Here is a very rough manipulation of how I see the painting. Sorry it is so rough, I am still feeling awful..


07-29-2009, 05:10 AM
Thanks so much JJ ..... I hope you are feeling better soon! :heart:

07-29-2009, 12:47 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jul-2009/182771-tennissmiley.gif good thing they moved the "Glass House" before playing tennis.....
I really lile those far away background mountains......so subtle......
and thanks to JJ for making it stand up straight......yd

07-29-2009, 01:04 PM
Hello Anne :wave:

07-29-2009, 01:12 PM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/29-Jul-2009/182771-tennissmiley.gif ....I love that little tennis smiley yd ....thank you!

Hi Michael!! :wave:

07-29-2009, 01:18 PM
I like this Anne.. and the changes shown above make sense to me. Don't lose it though especially since it is no longer there.. Neat!!!

07-29-2009, 01:48 PM
Thanks Crazy!! :thumbsup:

07-29-2009, 06:58 PM
a very, very nice painting moozie, the door is the perfect focal point. What an interesting 'building' was it perhaps the kiln of the glassworks?

07-30-2009, 02:30 AM
Hi Anne. This is a really nice painting and you did a great job on it. Be sure and attach that little blurb about the building to the back of the painting...Keep having fun........Lenore

07-30-2009, 04:02 AM
a very, very nice painting moozie, the door is the perfect focal point. What an interesting 'building' was it perhaps the kiln of the glassworks?
Hi Corby and thanks .... yes you are right ..... it is the kiln.
According to an article, in The Glens of Antrim Historical Society, on Ballycastle's Glass Industry (http://www.antrimhistory.net/content.php?cid=538) .....The Glass Kiln was similar to the English Glass House or the verrerie Anglaise as illustrated in Diderot’s Encyclopedia. It was a cone shaped building, ninety feet high and about sixty feet in diameter at the base. It was built of red bricks made from clay obtained on Millar’s farm at Brackney in Glenshesk (now occupied by Mr. A. McCaughan). The date of erection – 1755 – was formed by projecting bricks on the west side about halfway up.

That article was written by the late Dr Cahal A Dallat who was a lovely gentleman and who incidentally attended our art group. He was an historian .....a very clever man and when he died an abundance of knowledge went with him.

Lenore ....thank you and that is a great tip about attaching the little blurb. Funnily enough, I was with a friend at Laragh Lodge yesterday, where I have my waterfall painting up for sale. Laragh Lodge is situated in the middle of the waterfalls at Glenariffe Forest Park. Hanging on the wall there was a photograph taken of one of the waterfalls in the winter of 1975. The waterfall was completely frozen over in the photograph. My friend was telling the owner that he should have a little "blurb" written about it just saying when it happened as people love to read stuff like that.