Irish Political Cartoons


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[003531] [Irish Political Cartoons]. A Collection of Thirty-Six Political Cartoons from the National Press. ill. Fitzpatrick, Thomas. Dublin: National Press, 1891. First Edition. 4to (Oblong). Unbound. Caricature / Cartoons. Good. A broken run of thirty-six political cartoons by Thomas Fitzpatrick from the weekly National Press, published in 1891 and 1892, generally 440mm x 275mm in size, seven slightly smaller at 395mm x 280mm.

Generally lightly browned, though fairly clean, one or two with small amounts of loss to corners, most with small nicks and chips to edges, several with small Japanese tissue repairs to reverse, a few with larger Japanese tissue repairs to reverse and one or two with significant Japanese tissue repairs to reverse slightly affecting image. One or two closely cropped with some loss to headline, one cropped to foot with loss of text and sense.

These cartoons were published between 23rd May, 1891 and 20th February, 1892, many with an anti-Parnell and anti-Freeman’s Journal (which at the time was pro-Parnell) message, others more general including several relating to Cork. The National Press was a weekly anti-Parnellite nationalist newspaper, it merged with the Weekly Freeman in 1892 and Fitzpatrick continued as their principal cartoonist. Thomas Fitzpatrick, (1860-1912), lithographer and cartoonist.

Fitzpatrick also later launched his own magazine The Lepracaun in 1905, which he edited and drew most of the cartoons for