Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

A hidden history of the Honan Chapel, Cork

This talk will consider the art of Lehmann James Oppenheimer and Eric Newton who designed the chapel's floor mosaics.

Lehmann James Oppenheimer (1868- 1916) and Eric Newton (1893-1965) designed the mosaic floor and the Stations of the Cross in the Honan Chapel on the grounds of University College Cork. The chapel was built at the zenith of the Irish Arts and Crafts movement (1894-1925). Lehmann James was a family member of the mosaic firm of Ludwig Oppenheimer in Manchester (1865-1965). He joined the London Regiment (a Territorial Army regiment in the British Army) and saw action on the Western front during the Battle of the Somme (July to November, 1916). Lehmann James died in France, following a gas attack, on the 8th November 1916, three days after the consecration of the Honan Chapel on the 5th November 1916.

Lehmann’s son Eric, who later changed his name to his mother’s maiden name, Newton, worked as a designer for the company during 1913- 14 and from 1918 until 1933. Like his father, he saw action on the Western front, but he was to survive the war. The historical identity and significance of these artists has only been fully recovered during the past decade.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 8pm
Location: Honan Chapel, on the grounds of University College Cork
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: James Cronin

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