Coloured Political Lithographs as Irish Propaganda:
Warrior Artists and the Battle for Home Rule, 1879-1886
This comprehensive study of late nineteenth century Irish political cartoons published in nationalist newspapers and periodicals examines how popular art in the service of propaganda became a primary means of shaping public opinion during the first seven years of Charles Stewart Parnell’s struggle to lead the Irish peasantry into Home Rule (ca. 1879-1886). This period, which was marked by intense political upheaval characterized by coercion and conciliation, raised such issues as landownership, censorship of the press, and legislative relations between Ireland and England. The complimentary emblematic Irish “types” – Pat Murphy and Erin – whose features affirmed the patriotic desires of the masses, embodied the heroicized ideals of the tenant class and stood in remarkable contrast to the vulgar hyperbole of James Gillray’s earlier physiognomic models and to the siminaized Fenians appearing in contemporary English satirical journals such as Punch. Other visual also approaches appeared in the Irish nationalist political cartoons with great frequency, including: pantomime and farce; the convergence of “high” art and popular art; the fantastic; the cult of Shakespeare; Faustian allusions; Swiftian appropriations; nursery rhymes; and anthropomorphic narratives. Moreover, these Irish nationalist images are not what we at the turn of the twenty-first century think of as political cartoons today: small, black-and-white inserts set alongside editorials. Instead, they were large-format and color, suitable for framing, and placed gratis in the Saturday editions of large-run periodicals that reached an expanding, literate audience.
“ …[Dr. Joel Hollander] has weighed his interpretations against historical research and the known facts, providing rare insights that readers will find both compelling and fully involving. No one will ever again dismiss the period of his investigations as bereft of importance … Dr. Hollander’s work establishes many new artists as purveyors of an indignant point of view that demands sensitive study in order to see how the past still has relevance for the future.” – (From the Foreword) Professor Gabriel P. Weisberg, University of Minnesota
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Foreword by Gabriel P. Weisberg
ISBN10: 0-7734-5671-6 ISBN13: 978-0-7734-5671-6