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Caption: Daniel O'Connell Author of 'Agitation', RL Sheil, Author of the...

Daniel O'Connell Author of 'Agitation', RL Sheil, Author of the 'Apostate'
Maclise, Daniel
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Lithographic Reproduction
Bates, William
Title of Publication:
A gallery of illustrious literary characters
Chatto and Windus
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Curator Comment:
This image of Irish political figures Daniel O'Connell and Richard Lalor Sheil is from the volume entitled 'A Gallery of Illustrious literary characters' (1873) and contains portraits and biographical sketches that were originally published in 'Fraser’s Magazine'. This publication was a general and literary Tory journal founded by Corkman, William McGinn and Hugh Fraser. McGinn edited the periodical until his death in 1842. Maclise, as a contributing illustrator (who submitted under the pseudonym of Alfred Croquis) was closely associated with the magazine and he was part of its social and intellectual circle after he arrived in London in 1827. The original illustration was produced as a lithograph.
Note on artwork:
Daniel O' Connell (1775 –1847) was born in Cahersiveen, County Kerry. Known nationally as 'The Liberator', and 'The Emancipator', he was one of the most significant Irish political leaders of the first half of the 19th century. In 1828, he was elected as M.P. for County Clare and campaigned successfully for Catholic Emancipation in 1829 and throughout his career he called for the repeal of the Act of Union of 1801. The image shows Richard Lalor Sheil (1791– 851) in a somewhat agitated state, while O'Connell looks out amiably. Shiel was an Irish politician, writer and orator, born in County Kilkenny, Ireland. He was one of the founders of the Catholic Association in 1823 and drew up the petition for inquiry into the mode of administering the laws in Ireland, which was presented in that year to both Houses of Parliament. In 1825, Sheil accompanied O'Connell to London to protest against the suppression of the Catholic Association. The protest was unsuccessful, but, although nominally dissolved, the association continued its propaganda after the defeat of the Catholic Relief Bill in 1825. Sheil was one of O'Connell's leading supporters in the agitation persistently carried out until Catholic emancipation was granted in 1829.
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