Sculpture group of three figures: a dead soldier strapped to a bier, mourned by his wife and his mother:
The Victim, the figure of the dead soldier, inscribed with the words; ‘Naked you came into the world'.
The Wife, the kneeling figure with her hands clasped in prayer, she is variously called The Virgin or Mother of Sorrows. She is inscribed; ‘As cranes chanting their dolorous notes traverse the sky' which is taken from a translation of Dante's Inferno.
The Mother of the Hero, the standing female figure leaning mournfully on her left elbow.
The sculpture group is part of an unexecuted project for a war memorial for Washington, DC, a project the artist worked on from about 1918 until at least 1931. The figures of the both womean were presented by the sculptor to Dublin Municipal Gallery (now Dublin City Gallery) in 1938, the Victim was presented by the family of the sculptor to the gallery in 1947.
The groups is assembled in 1976 in Merrion Square Park.
Andrew O'Connor (Worcester MS 1874 - Dublin, Ireland 1941),
Sources & Information
Art in Parks: A Guide to Sculpture in Dublin City Council Parks (Dublin, 2014) (PDF on-line).