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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: Meet me by moonlight alone.

Caption:
Meet me by moonlight alone.
Artist:
Maclise, Daniel
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving
Author:
Mahony, Francis
Title of Publication:
The reliques of Father Prout
Publisher:
George Bell and Sons
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1875
Curator Comment:
The male figure is supposedly based on Maclise himself. The caption is the first line of the poem illustrated. 'Father Prout' was the pen-name of Francis Sylvester Mahony. He worked on 'Fraser's Magazine' to which his fellow Corkonian, Maclise, also contributed. The 'Reliques' are a jeu d'esprit, being Mahony's own fertile inventions rather than the lost originals, in Latin, Greek and Old French, of modern popular poems and songs supposedly rediscovered in Father Prout's trunk.
Note on artwork:
By the light of a full moon, a man sitting on the ground holds hands with a seated woman as they share the shelter of a leafy branch that helps to frame the composition. The quality of the engraving is rather weak and indistinct, especially in the arms and shoulders of the woman
References:
ONDB online and DIB online and Grove Art online and Strickland


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