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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: The Two Pandoras or the Black cap and the white gloves

Title of artwork:
The Two Pandoras or the Black cap and the white gloves
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 in ‘Zozimus’ on 30th March, 1872, this image, designed by J. F. O’Hea and engraved by Charles Malcolm Grey, depicts two allegorical figures representing Hibernia (Ireland) on the left, and Britannia (Britain) on the right. Each figure holds a box named assizes - the courts of assize (the assizes) - were held in main county towns and presided over by visiting judges from the higher courts. Court verdicts were returned by locally picked juries of 12. This satirical image must also be viewed in the context of discussions surrounding, and the implementation of, the Jury’s Act of 1871 and 1872. Concerns were raised in Parliament regarding the selection of Irish juries, questioning if they were free from intimidation and if they were willing to consider the evidence of the Crown - a major concern in nationalistic strongholds in Ireland. O’Hea is claiming here that the Irish judicial system is much more trustworthy and workable than that of Britain.
References:
Snoddy, DIB online


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