The King with Horses Ears (Original)


The King has Horses Ears is an oil painting by KT McCaffrey. It is based upon a Celtic tale from Irish  Folklore.

” There was a rumour that King Lowry had horse’s ears underneath his long hair and that no barber returned from the castle alive. …”

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Painting Dimensions:
This painting measures approximately 60 cm width X 80 cm height on a stretched canvas.

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The King with Horses Ears Celtic Painting

The King with Horses Ears

This artwork depicts a scene from Irish Folklore legends.

There was a rumour that King Lowry had horse’s ears underneath his long hair and that no barber returned from the castle alive.

A young barber arrived at the castle to cut King Lowry’s hair. Afraid for his life, he brought his mother with him to ensure his safety. He had only cut one snip when he discovered that the stories were true.

The King did have horses ears. As the barber’s hands were shaking, he completed his task. The King ordered his death. However, the King hearing pleas of mercy from his mother, pardoned the barber on condition that he told no one what he witnessed.

The burden of such a great secret weighed heavily with the young barber. Unable to contain himself, he told the story to a tree.

This tree was later cut down to make a harp for the King’s harpist, Croiftine. Anxious to hear the music from Croiftine’s new harp, King Lowry invited all his friends to a great feast in the palace.

After Croiftine tuned his instrument and commenced playing, the harp began to whisper. The harp became louder and louder until finally the whole kingdom was filled with the words. Lowry the King has horses ears, Lowry the King has horses ears, over and over again!.

‘The King with Horses Ears’ Celtic Painting

Artist: KT McCaffrey

Artwork details:

‘The King with Horses Ears’ is an oil on canvas painting by Irish artist KT McCaffrey. This painting is based upon a tale of Celtic Irish Folklore.

Artwork Dimensions:

The artwork measures 60 cm width by 80 cm height on a stretched canvas.


The artist supplies this painting with a studio frame for safe delivery. We recommend that you purchase your preferred style of mount and frame to match  your environment.

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‘The King with Horses Ears’ Celtic Painting, is also available as a fine art print:

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