Twenty illustrious Irishmen. Coloured lithograph after J. Donaghy, 18--.

  • Donaghy, John, 1838-1931.
[between 1840? and 1900]
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About this work


They are gathered in a rotunda supported by Ionic columns between which are openings showing episodes in Irish history and myth. Left to right: Patrick Sarsfield, standing, directed to the right, looking at the viewer, wearing armour and lace cravat; St Oliver Plunket and King Brian Boru standing in the back; John Philpot Curran and Thomas Davis seated at the front; Hugh O'Neill, wearing armour, with long beard, seated; Oliver Goldsmith seated in profile to left; Thomas Moore seated at the front with his left arm on a table, holding a paper; the two churchmen John MacHale, Roman Catholic archbishop of Tuam, and Father Theobald Mathew standing in the centre behind the table; Daniel O'Connell seated on an armchair at the front, turning to look at the viewer, holding a book over his knees; Theobald Wolfe Tone and Edmund Burke standing behind, both of them directed and looking to the right; Robert Emmet standing at the front, face turned looking to left, his left hand in his waistcoat; Richard Lalor Shiel standing in the back, directed and looking to right; Henry Grattan at the front, seated, directed to the right, a book on the floor next to his chair, facing Father Thomas Burke O.P., seated directed to left and holding a bible; Gerald Griffin standing in the back; William Smith O'Brien standing next to him, in profile to left; and John Mitchel on the far right, standing, at the front, with moustache and beard, looking at the viewer


London (84 Brushfield Street, Bishopgate) : S. Lipschitz, [between 1840? and 1900]

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, with watercolour ; image 43.4 x 60.2 cm


The illustrious [shamrock] sons of Ireland. Maj. Gen. Patrick Sarsfield ; Oliver Plunket DD ; John Philpot Curran ; Brian Boru ; Thomas Davis ; Hugh O'Neile ; Oliver Goldsmith ; Thomas Moore ; Archbishop McHale ; Father Mathew ; Daniel O'Connell ; Wolfe Tone ; Edmund Burke ; Robert Emmet ; Richard Lawlor Shiel ; Henry Grattan M.P. ; Gerald Griffin ; Rev. Father Burke ; William Smith O'Brien ; John Mitchell. Copyright. Proof.


Catalogue record incorporating data from catalogues of the National Library of Ireland and the British Museum


Wellcome Collection 2882117i


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