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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Book cover

Title of artwork:
Book cover
Artist:
Elvery, Beatrice
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Photoengraving
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Anon.
Title of Publication:
Shanachie
Publisher:
Maunsel and Co.
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1907
Curator Comment:
‘The Shanachie: an illustrated Irish miscellany’ was first issued in 1906 and published by Maunsel and Co. Ltd, and was edited by the company’s founder Joseph Maunsell Hone. Containing literary material and social commentary, this ‘little magazine’ included contributions from leading writers of the Irish revival, among them were AE (George Russell), Lord Dunsany, Lady Gregory, Seumas O’Sullivan, George Bernard Shaw, JM Synge and WB Yeats. Artists who contributed to the publication comprised leading figures in Irish illustration including Seaghan MacCathmhoil (John Campbell), Beatrice Elvery, Elinor Monsell, George Morrow, R. Caufield Orpen, Hugh Thomson, Jack B. Yeats and John B. Yeats.
Note on artwork:
The cover design, created by Beatrice Elvery, is of an Irish storyteller ( a shanachie), in an archaic travelling costume. The bold, graphic style is typical of Elvery’s illustrations at this time.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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