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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Richard Rowley

Title of artwork:
Richard Rowley
Artist:
Dickey, Edward Montgomery O'Rorke
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Wood engraving
Engraver:
Dickey, Edward Montgomery O'Rorke
Author:
Rowley, Richard
Title of Publication:
Workers
Publisher:
Duckworth and Co.
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1923
Curator Comment:
Richard Rowley was the pseudonym of Richard Valentine Williams, the Belfast-born poet and dramatist. Rowley’s writings, as in ‘Workers’, addressed the social realities of life among Northern Ireland’s urban working classes and small-holding farmers. E M O'Rorke Dickey was part of a group of contemporary printmakers in Britain who, in the 1920s, lobbied the print industry to employ wood engravers as illustrators. 'Workers' was one of the first letterpress publications, illustrated with original wood engravings, to be commissioned by Duckworth Press.
Note on artwork:
This is a portrait of the book's author Richard Rowley (1877 - 1947) Compared to the rest of the volume's illustrations, this image is realistic in its approach, however the variety of mark making and the use of the 'white-line' method of wood-engraving asserts its place in contemporary printmaking.
References:
Snoddy (2002)


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