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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: 'I don't care a rap'

Title of artwork:
'I don't care a rap'
Artist:
Orpen, Richard Caulfield
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Lithographic Reproduction
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Anon.
Title of Publication:
The Abbey row
Publisher:
Maunsel and Co.
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1907
Curator Comment:
This satirical publication, modelled on the publication ‘The Arrow’, was created in response to the controversial Abbey Theatre staging of John Millington Synge’s play ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ in 1907. The title page declares it was not edited by W. B. Yeats. It was in fact edited by the Maunsel press owner Joseph Maunsell Hone, Page L. Dickson, architect, artist, author and journalist and a Frank Sparrow. Caricatured portraits and cartoons were provided by the brothers Richard Caulfield Orpen and William Orpen.
Note on artwork:
This is caricature of the Irish dramatist John Millington Synge was drawn in pen and ink by Richard Caulfield Orpen. Synge's play ‘The Playboy of the Western World’ was first performed at the Abbey in 1907, and nationalist supporters, offended by Synge’s depiction of Irish rural life, rioted in protest. The title of the work and the nonchalant manner of the figure suggest Synge was unperturbed by the event.
References:
Snoddy, DIB online


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