Thanks to research work being carried out by Ann Egan, we were delighted to find a treasure trove of famous painting reprints in our attic last year.
The prints, among them copies of works by Rubens, Vermeer and Da Vinci, were used by the artist and teacher Bea Orpen, to teach pupils about art in days before the internet. In many of the schools she visited, the pupils had never seen such works of art before.
After her death, the paintings were donated to St. Patrick’s N.S. by her husband Chalmers “Terry” Trench and were on display for a number of years. Recently, while studying Bea Orpen as part of a postgraduate research, Ann contacted us to see if the paintings were still in the school. Mrs. Meade pointed us in the right direction and they are now being displayed outside the school hall and can be used as teaching aids in classrooms as was originally intended.
Many thanks again to the Trench family for the donation.