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Wednesday, 10th October, 2018 5:09pm

By Michael Olney

The Crawford Art Gallery has outbid the competition to acquire a significant art work to add to its impressive collection.

The painting, which was of significant interest to a number or private collectors and international institutions, was auctioned in Dublin this week with the hammer coming down at €20,000.

The piece in question, The Village Funeral – An Irish Family by a Graveside during the Great Famine, was painted by 19th century Cork artist Daniel MacDonald and will complete a suite of works concerning key aspects of Irish history.

Rose Mc Hugh, Chair of Crawford Art Gallery, said: “This acquisition demonstrates a real commitment from Crawford Art Gallery to building our collection and ensuring works of national and international significance can be exhibited together in Cork.”

The Crawford Art Gallery Collection already holds a number of original drawings and paintings by MacDonald, whose unique representation of Irish rural life during the turbulent 1840s and 1850s has garnered much acclaim.

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, said: “The Government will be investing €22m in the Crawford Art Gallery over the coming decade as part of Project Ireland 2040 and the growth of the gallery’s collection through acquisitions such as this will be a great compliment to this capital investment.”

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