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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: They found him laying peacfully asleep on his bed of skins and rushes

Title of artwork:
They found him laying peacfully asleep on his bed of skins and rushes
Artist:
Elvery, Beatrice
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Photoengraving
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Russell, Violet
Title of Publication:
Heroes of the dawn
Publisher:
Maunsel and Co.
Publication place:
Dublin & London
Publication date:
1913
Curator Comment:
Written by Violet Russell, (1868 -1932), wife of George Russell (AE), 'Heroes of the dawn' (1913) is a re-telling of the story of Fionn mac Cumall [Fionn Mac Cumhaill] and his band of warriors, the Fianna. Aimed at a younger audience, it was the author’s intention to recreate heroes for a new generation of Irish children to follow. The illustrations by Beatrice Elvery are faithful to the author’s text.
Note on artwork:
The majority of the illustrations for 'Heroes of the dawn' are in Elvery’s characteristic bold descriptive style. In this scene, to suggest historical authenticity, Elvery employed decorative motifs found in pre-Christian La Tène art, including curvilinear devices, such as trumpets and triskeles, visible on the hanging draperies, with zoomorphic decorations incorporated into the window-surround carvings. This illustration relates to an account of Fionn’s childhood.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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