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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption:

Artist:
MacGonigal, Maurice
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Photoengraving
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Hobson, Bulmer
Title of Publication:
Saorstát Eireann - Irish Free State handbook
Publisher:
Talbot Press
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1932
Curator Comment:
‘Saorstát Eireann: Irish Free State official handbook’ offers important insights into the early period of Irish independence. Edited by Bulmer Hobson (1883–1969) the volume contains essays on all aspects of Irish society, from economics to archaeology, from agriculture to the fine arts. Moreover, it is an excellent example of Irish book design and production and it bears the typographical device ‘Déanta i nÉirinn’ (made in Ireland). The illustrations, both full-page plates and chapter headers, are stylishly printed in black over yellow-tinted paper emulating both early manuscripts and hand-printed woodcut illustrated volumes. The book also features photographic reproductions after artworks by leading Irish artists of the day including Paul Henry, Sean [John] Keating and Estella Solomons.
Note on artwork:
This chapter’s header and decorative capital were designed by the artist Maurice MacGonigal. The designs, illustrating a chapter on the Free State’s monetary system, are not quite as graphic in style as those by Sean O’Sullivan elsewhere in the volume. MacGonigal has created images that, while still linear in emphasis, are more cognisant of textural and tonal nuances. At the top of page is a picture of the New Wharf at Dublin’s North Wall, representing the progression of modern Irish industry. The image inset is of the administrative headquarters of the capital’s’ Chamber of Commerce.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and DIB online


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