Cartoons

by Felix M. Larkin, vice-chair of the NLI Society and member of the NLI’s statutory Readers Advisory Committee. His book Terror and Discord: The Shemus Cartoons in the Freeman’s Journal, 1920–1924 was published by A&A Farmar in 2009 In December 2006 the National Library of Ireland acquired some 250 original drawings of the Shemus cartoons [...]

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by Pól Ó Duibhir, retired and family history researcher The Connection  –  The day was 16 June 1946. The man in the sweetshop collapsed and died on the spot. There would be no cartoon of this event. But it was not easily forgotten in the sweetshop owner’s family. The man was Gordon Brewster, artist and [...]

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by Audrey McGinley, NLI Conservation Intern At the start of my conservation internship I was involved with the return of a loan from the National Gallery of Ireland exhibition Jack of all Trades: Yeats’s Punch Cartoons and Illustrations by Irish Painters. This loan included 10 prints and drawings, and 6 bound volumes from our NLI [...]

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