NLI acquires Dora Sigerson Shorter poem

We recently acquired a most interesting item from the collection of Gerard Crofts (1888-1934) at a sale - finely calligraphed poem by Dora Sigerson Shorter They did not see Thy face with an attractive watercolour border in the national colours painted by Countess Markievicz with a drawing below the poem showing Kathleen Ni Houlihan bending over a dead or wounded hero. 

It is mounted with an autograph inscription ‘To Gerald Crofts / Poem by Dora Sigerson Shorter / A rather late in the day wedding gift to one of Ireland’s brave soldiers / from Constance de Markievicz’ and with a manuscript note at head, ‘Painted by Countess Markievicz in Aylesbury Prison 1917’, signed Gerard Crofts.

Crofts was a poet and a singer.  With a fine tenor voice, he was a favourite performer in patriotic concerts.  His brother Joseph was a composer, pianist and arranger.  Gerard joined the Irish Volunteers in 1914 and served in Dublin in Easter Week. 

Open the PDF to view this unique item They did not see thy face  They did not see Thy face - Dora Sigerson Shorter.pdf (1.76 MB, Adobe PDF)

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