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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: The Flower of Love

Title of artwork:
The Flower of Love
Artist:
Monsell, Elinor Mary
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:
This image is by Elinor Monsell a significant figure within the wood engraving revival movement in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. Born in Limerick, Monsell is best known for her emblem design for the Abbey Theatre of Maeve and an Irish wolfhound, and she also designed a device for the Dun Emer Press, of the legendary Emer, companion of Cuchulainn. In this image, somewhat surprisingly given its context as an Irish cultural publication, the subject matter, and treatment of form, is classical. The reclining female with a cupid is idealised and is set in decorative surroundings, echoing the style promoted by England’s Vale Press in the 1890s.
References:
Snoddy (2002)


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