Joshua Clarke

Joshua Clarke (1858–1921) moved to Ireland from Leeds in 1877, at the age of eighteen to work with a firm of ecclesiastical suppliers, He was hardworking and ambitious, and in 1886 he set up his own church decoration business at 33 North Frederick Street, Dublin, where the family also resided. As an entrepreneur he could see that the production of stained glass would ideally complement his church-decorating firm and in 1892, Joshua opened a stained glass studio in rooms at the family home, Joshua Clarke & Sons.


He had converted to Catholicism and married Sligo woman Bridget MacGonigal. They had two sons, Walter (1888-1930) and Henry Patrick (Harry). Mrs. Clarke was consumptive, and Harry and Walter, both inherited a tendency to a weakness in the chest. The fact that Harry was a chain smoker and worked with acids in his stained-glass work compounded this weakness. Their daughters, Kathleen (the eldest of the four children) and Dolly (Florence) were stronger. Harry and Walter married sisters, Margaret and Minnie Crilly. The two brothers died within a year of each other.

St Mary’s Church, Ballinrobe
The Resurrection and The Holy Women at the Sepulchre 1914 (2 light)

St Joseph’s Church, Ballindine
The Holy Family 1927 (2 light)
The Crucifixion 1919 (3 light)
The Blessed Virgin 1908 (single light)
St Joseph 1908 (single light)
Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Lourdes 1920 (medallion windows)

St Colman’s Church, Claremorris
The Annunciation (1923)
Our Lady of Lourdes (1923)
Apparition of Sacred Heart to Mary, St. Mark the Evangelist, St. Colman, St. Columba 1906
St. Peter 1905
St. Paul 1905
St. Luke the Evangelist 1906
St. John the Evangelist 1906
Mary Magdalen 1906
St. Jarlath 1906
St. Patrick 1906
St. Brigid 1906
The Crucifixion 1906
The Assumption 1906
The Holy Family 1906
Rose Window 1905

St Patrick’s Church, Ballyhaunis
The Sacred Heart 1908 (3 light)

St. Cronan’s, Balla
The Agony in the Garden 1915 (2 light)
St.Patrick preaching to the Kings at Tara, St. Anne teaching the Blessed Virgin
Mary, St. Jarlath teaching lay people and St. Brigid
 (2 light)
St Cronan blessing the well, Christ showing his Sacred Heart to St. Margaret Mary, St Paul preaching love, and Jesus preaching to a group 1918 (2 light)

St James’ Church, Charlestown
There are a number of windows by Joshua Clarke & Sons in this church including
The Annunciation 1909 (2 light)
The Finding in the Temple 1912 (2 light)
and other windows in the porches, the gallery, the mortuary and the baptistry.

Parish Church of St. John the Baptist, Knock
Christ and the Woman from Samaria at the Well 1923 (2 light)
The Annunciation 1923 (2 light)

St. Mary's, Tooreen
St. Joseph, Our Lady and St. John 1926 (3 leaded lights with medallions)

Harry Clarke
Harry Clarke Stained Glass Studios Ltd.
Joshua Clarke & Sons
Sarah Purser
Alfred Ernest Child
Michael Healy
Wilhelmina Geddes
Hubert McGoldrick
Richard King
Patrick Pye