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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: William Gladstone

Title of artwork:
William Gladstone
Artist:
Gregory, Robert
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving, Three colour process
Author:
Gregory, Lady
Title of Publication:
The Kiltartan history book
Publisher:
Maunsel and Co.
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1909
Curator Comment:
This is one of the four illustrations to the book, all provided by Gregory, the author's son. All the illustrations seem to be based on small Staffordshire porcelain figures.
Note on artwork:
A weak and barely recognisible image of the Liberal prime minister, William Gladstone. He stands on an elevated knoll, the axe in his hand refers to his tree-felling leisure activities and the shamrocks on his waistcoat to his abortive Irish Home Rule plans. Behind him is the White Ensign, the ensign of the Royal Navy and here a symbol of British imperial power. The composition is shown as if it were a small commemorative porcelain figure - indeed the image is directly based on such a Staffordshire figure. The tone of the book is light mockery of all its subjects, the contents being based on stories told to Lady Gregory.
References:
DIB online


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