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Title: Isaac Butt Professor of Political Economy in the University of Dublin

Title of artwork:
Isaac Butt Professor of Political Economy in the University of Dublin
Grey, Charles
Paper (fiber material), Ink
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, after a drawing by Charles Grey, portrays the Donegal-born politician Isaac Butt. Butt was an alumnus of TCD, where he also lectured for a time. In the late 1830s, he was called to the bar but later he dedicated himself to Irish politics. A founder of the Home Rule League, Butt and his followers called for the re-establishment of a parliament in Dublin to legislate for Irish domestic affairs. When at Trinity, Butt was one of the creators, and editors, of ‘The Dublin University Magazine’. In this image, a young Butt is depicted full length, dressed in academic robes and standing at a lectern, as if addressing a class. As seen in the portrait of John Hogan, a more detailed and finished approach has been taken by the engraver in relation to the facial features of the sitter.

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