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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: And Patrai, on reaching the place now called Slaine, lighted the...

Title of artwork:
And Patrai, on reaching the place now called Slaine, lighted the pascal fire about night-fall
Artist:
Campbell, John Patrick (MacCathmhaoil, Seaghan)
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, J.M. Synge and W.B. Yeats.
Note on artwork:
Artists who contributed to the periodical 'Shanachie' 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. This work by Seaghan MacCathmhoil (John Campbell) depicts Ireland’s patron saint in prayer. The design is rendered in bold black and white and the white-line method employed is similar to scratchboard techniques. The stark design is amplified by the use of a dizzying array of linear patterns that animate the sky and landscape. Before the figure of Patraic [Patrick] is a codex and a bell, modelled on early Irish Christian iron examples found in the collection of the National Museum of Ireland.
References:
Snoddy (2002)


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