Crawford Art Gallerypermanent collection

The Throne of the Gods and this Strange World
The Throne of the Gods and this Strange World
c. 1930
English School
Oil on canvas
110 x 125cm

317-P

Presented by the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland c.1958




























William Otway McCannell
1883–1969
English School

Director of the art school at Farnham in Surrey in the late 1920's, William Otway McCannell ARA, RBA (1883-1969), pursued a largely independent career as a painter and illustrator. After attending Nelson College in New Zealand, in 1905 he won an art scholarship at the Royal College of Art in London. He exhibited The Devil's Chessboard at the Royal Academy in 1924. Among the books he illustrated were Legends and Tales of Old Munich, Legends and Romances of BrittanyLegends and Romance of Spain, all by Lewis Spence, the latter published in 1920, and The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, published in 1950. The variations in spelling of his name include William Otway Mac Cannell and William Otway Cannell.  He was the author of a book entitled Fighting Types (1919) that contained portraits of men and women who had served in various branches of the armed forces in the Great War.

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