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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Dublin á la mud

Title of artwork:
Dublin á la mud
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 18th November, 1871, this image, designed by J. F. O’Hea and engraved by Charles Malcolm Grey, depicts a young lady, in an up-to-date ensemble, on her way to attend a social event. However, her journey is stymied as she attempts to cross a mud-filled street, in the area around City Hall / Dublin Castle. In the background, others travel in carriages, while others endeavour to find shelter. The inappropriate dress of the fashion-conscious female is underlined by those in long coats and hats to the left.
References:
Snoddy, DIB online


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