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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: So perish civil strife and discord dire

Title of artwork:
So perish civil strife and discord dire
Artist:
O'Hea, John Fergus
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving
Engraver:
Grey, Charles Malcolm
Author:
Anon.
Title of Publication:
Zozimus
Publisher:
C. Smyth,
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1872
Curator Comment:
‘Zozimus: illustrated comic weekly’ was described as an Irish response to London’s ‘Punch’. Nationalistic in tone it addressed Irish political, social and cultural life. The periodical was names after a well-known Dublin character, the blind ballad singer Michael J. Moran (c.1794 -1846), popularly known as ‘Zozimus’.
Note on artwork:
Published on 11th November, 1871, this image, designed by J. F. O’Hea and engraved by Charles Malcolm Grey, depicts a St Patrick-like figure (representing Ireland) grappling with two snakes, one named ‘Religious animosity’, the other ‘Political animosity’. The central figure, surrounded by a forceful wind, determinedly holds both beasts under control. O’Hea succeeds in creating dramatic energy in the image and, interestingly, the heads of the reptiles appear to be based on early Christian insular zoomorphic metalwork decoration.
References:
Snoddy, DIB online


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