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Title: His eminence Paul Cardinal Cullen

Title of artwork:
His eminence Paul Cardinal Cullen
Wood engraving
O'Connell Centenary Committee
Title of Publication:
O'Connell centenary record
Joseph Dollard
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Curator Comment:
The O’Connell centenary record is a luxury bound illustrated volume and was produced to serve as a record of the events organised to mark the centenary of the birth of Daniel O’Connell. The text includes and a history of Ireland, an heroised biography of O’Connell and an account of key political, social and cultural events in Ireland at that time, including reports of meetings, resolutions of town-councils, letters from significant persons, copies of speeches and reviews of artistic events, in particular the creation of the O’Connell monument for the capital.
Note on artwork:
This is a wood-engraved portrait of Cardinal Paul Cullen (1803-1878). The engraving is unsigned and is based on a photograph. Cullen served as Catholic Primate of Ireland, Archbishop of Armagh from 1849-52 and as Archbishop of Dublin from 1852 to the 1870s. In 1866, Cullen became Ireland’s first cardinal. A vehement critic of the Fenian movement, he was a supporter of Daniel O’Connell’s pacifist policies. In 1864, Cullen founded the National Association which called for reform of the land laws, demanded free Catholic education and the disestablishment of the Anglican Church in Ireland.

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