Irish Cartoons and Satires
'Geography Bewitched' by Tom Merry. St. Stephen's Review, 23 June 1888.
There is a wide-ranging collection of satirical prints and original drawings from the 18th century to the present day. Many cover political themes such as the Act of Union, Catholic Emancipation, the Land War and the Civil War, as well as satirising the prominent political figures of the day including Daniel O’Connell and Charles Stewart Parnell.
The relationship between Ireland and Britain is also a subject covered throughout the collection. The work of H.B. (John Doyle), is particularly well represented through his lithographs, as is that of John Fergus O'Hea, J.D. Reigh and Thomas Fitzpatrick whose cartoons appeared as illustrated supplements distributed with newspapers such as The Weekly Freeman, United Ireland and The Union. Original cartoons by Thomas Fitzpatrick, Gordon Brewster and Martyn Turner are also among the Department’s holdings.