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Title: Daniel O'Connell

Title of artwork:
Daniel O'Connell
Grey, Charles
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Etching, Lithograph
Kirkwood, John
McGlashan, James, printer
Title of Publication:
Portrait gallery of Irish celebrities of the past and present time
McGlashan and Gill
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Curator Comment:
'The Dublin University Magazine' published in Dublin from 1833 to 1882, was modelled on English publications such as 'Fraser’s Magazine'. Founded as a pro-Tory political magazine by Trinity College graduates, increasingly its content focused on literary material, publishing the work Irish writers. Like its London counterpoint, the ‘Dublin University Magazine’ included portraits of leading political and cultural figures. The portraits were compiled and published separately as a series of volumes entitled 'Portrait gallery of Irish celebrities of the past and present time' from the1830s to the 1850s.
Note on artwork:
This collection of portraits, originally published in the 'Dublin University Magazine', included leading political and cultural figures in Britain and Ireland. The images were - somewhat naively - etched by John Kirkwood, H. Griffiths and H. Meyer after drawings by artists including Charles Grey and Frederic William Burton. This etching is after a sketch by Charles Grey of Daniel O'Connell, M.P., (1775-1847). Throughout his career, Grey undertook a number of portraits of the subject, such as an oil painting of O’Connell in his official robes as Lord Mayor of Dublin Corporation. This image, first published in 1841, is a somewhat informal full-length portrait of the ‘Liberator’. Shown in profile, as if he is about to address someone, O’Connell is dressed for outdoors in a top hat and a cloak which is wrapped around him.

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