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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

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Reflective of the popularity of engraved portraiture in the eighteenth century, public demand for images of celebrities from the world of politics, high society and the arts continued to grow into the 1800s. To serve this demand, illustrated portraits were incorporated in popular magazines of the day, such as those published in ‘Fraser’s Magazine’. Daniel Maclise came into the social and intellectual circle around ‘Fraser’s’ soon after he arrived in London in 1827. He contributed 81 portrait drawings to the magazine, some of them tinged with satire. Maclise’s use of a precise, linear style of drawing was well suited to reproduction. Among those depicted with Irish connections was the magazine’s editor, Cork-born William McGinn, the composer Thomas Moore, Anna Maria Hall co-author of ‘Ireland: its scenery, character, &c.’, (1841), Daniel O’Connell and Thomas Crofton Croker.  

Maclise’s illustrated portraits for ‘Fraser‘s’ remained popular and they were later republished as ‘The Maclise Portrait Gallery of Illustrious Literary Characters with Memoirs’ in 1883.  

‘The Dublin University Magazine’ published in Dublin from 1833 to 1882, was modelled on English publications such as ‘Fraser’s Magazine’.  Founded as a pro-Tory political magazine by Trinity College graduates, increasingly its content focused on literary material, publishing the work Irish writers. Like its London counterpoint, ‘The Dublin University Magazine’ included portraits of leading political and cultural figures. The images were etched by John Kirkwood, H. Griffiths and H. Meyer after drawings by artists including Charles Grey and Frederic William Burton.  




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