Published by Field Day in association with the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
XXVI + 360 PAGES
ILLUSTRATIONS 122 COLOUR, 64 B/W
Niamh O’Sullivan’s critical biography of the astonishing career of Aloysius O’Kelly as a painter, illustrator and committed Fenian uncovers a world hardly known hitherto except in the most caricatured versions. She gives an account of the O’Kelly and Lawlor families which is part of the internal history of Fenianism,the Land War and Home Rule in Ireland, showing in detail a series of interrelationships, some of them highly scandalous, which had various political repercussions, all of them characterized by the mix of secrecy and publicity that attended upon O’Kelly’s dual career as anti-imperialist artist and as superbly skilled and yet highly conventional painter in Orientalist, Celtic and naturalist- realist idioms.