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Available to buy at gallery or online within UK and Ireland (£20 postage)

Available to buy at gallery or online within UK and Ireland (£20 postage)

Raymond Watson’s beautiful bronze sculptures and paintings take their inspiration from the Iron Age Brioghter Gold hoard , found in Limavady, and Edward Carson’s role in their return to Ireland.

The gold was discovered in 1896 by Thomas Nicholl and James Morrow in the townland of Broighter near Limavady. The boat and jewellry was produced in the first century BC and is one of Ireland’s most important artefacts.

Originally it was sold to the British Museum, but The Royal Irish Academy disputed the British Museum's view that it was an ancient gift to the gods and took legal action for the return of the Broighter Hoard to Ireland. The museum argued that the hoard was an offering to the sea god Manannan Mac Lir and therefore never intended to be recovered. The Irish state was represented by Sir Edward Carson, who successfully argued that the hoard was buried on dry land and therefore “Treasure Trove” and should be returned to Ireland.  The Broighter Hoard was returned to Dublin and remains on display in the National Museum.

Raymond Watson has used these events and their connection with mythology, politics and the history of Ireland to produce this series of bronze sculptures and paintings which reflect the importance of these artefacts, and our complicated history, in the 21st century.

Spirit Boat
Raymond Watson
23 x 28 x 10 cms 
Bronze Sculpture
£1,300

Edward Carson and the Broighter Boat by Raymond Watson

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Edward Carson and the Broighter Boat ​
Raymond Watson
60 x 60 cms (inc Frame)
OIl on Canvas
£795

Offering (Detail)
Raymond Watson
35 x 46 x 12 cms 
Bronze Sculpture
£1,500

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Available to buy at gallery or online within UK and Ireland (£30 postage)

The Broighter Boat ​
Raymond Watson
23 x 23 x 40 cms 
Bronze Sculpture
£1,300

ARTWORK HIGHLIGHT

Offering
Raymond Watson
35 x 46 x 12 cms 
Bronze Sculpture
£1,500

Available to buy at gallery or online within UK and Ireland (£20 postage)

These artworks and a selection of other works by Raymond Watson are available to purchase at ArtisAnn Gallery

Boat
Raymond Watson
60 x 58 cms  (inc Frame)
Oil on Canvas
£700

Available to buy at gallery or online within UK and Ireland (£30 postage)

Manannan Mac Lir, Irish God of the Sea​
Raymond Watson
78 x 64  cms (inc Frame)
Oil on Canvas
£900

Available to buy at gallery or online within UK and Ireland (£30 postage)