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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Rinne Brígidín mac[h]tnam[h] ar fead[h] tamaill

Title of artwork:
Rinne Brígidín mac[h]tnam[h] ar fead[h] tamaill
Artist:
Elvery, Beatrice
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Lithographic Reproduction
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Pearse, Padraic
Title of Publication:
Íosagán agus sgéalta eile agus dánta
Publisher:
Connradh na Gaedhilge
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1918
Curator Comment:
This edition of ‘Íosagán agus sgéalta eile agus dánta’ by Patrick Pearse (1879-1916), was printed in 1918, two years after his execution by the British authorities for his leadership of the 1916 Irish Rebellion. The edition was published by Connradh na Gaedhilge, the organisation founded by Douglas Hyde in 1893 to promote the Irish language. Pearse had been a member of the organisation from the 1890s.
Note on artwork:
Beatrice Elvery (1881-1970) was a student of William Orpen at the Metropolitan School of Art, Dublin. Throughout her early career she worked in a number of disciplines including stained glass and illustration. She illustrated a number of important examples of Irish revivalist literature including this publication and she worked as in illustrator with the Cuala Press on occasion. Here, Elvery presents a young child and her guardian inside a small Irish rural dwelling before an open fire with a crane for handing pots. The atmosphere created is warm and tender. The composition is quite sparse yet is filled with charming details, from the child’s toy to the sleeping cat.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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