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John O'Leary

Photograph
1900 (photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Frederick Hollyer was the photographer of choice for the artistic set of the late 19th century. His Portraits of Many Persons of Note fills three volumes with nearly 200 portraits and comprises a pictorial ‘Who’s Who’ of late Victorian and Edwardian celebrities. This portrait is of poet Ellen O’Leary (1830–1907) who, together with her brother, John O’Leary (see Museum no. PH.7632-1938), was the toast of literary Dublin. The poet W.B. Yeats wrote: ‘Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone/ It’s with O’Leary in the grave.’


Object details
Categories
Object type
Additional titlePortraits of many persons of note photographed by Frederick Hollyer (series title)
Materials and techniques
Platinum print
Brief description
Portrait of John O'Leary (1830-1907) Portraits of many persons of note photographed by Frederick Hollyer, Vol. 1, platinum print, 1900
Physical description
Half-length portrait of O'leary seated and reading a newspaper.
Dimensions
  • Height: 10.3cm
  • Width: 13.4cm
Credit line
Given by Eleanor M. Hollyer 1938
Subject depicted
Summary
Frederick Hollyer was the photographer of choice for the artistic set of the late 19th century. His Portraits of Many Persons of Note fills three volumes with nearly 200 portraits and comprises a pictorial ‘Who’s Who’ of late Victorian and Edwardian celebrities. This portrait is of poet Ellen O’Leary (1830–1907) who, together with her brother, John O’Leary (see Museum no. PH.7632-1938), was the toast of literary Dublin. The poet W.B. Yeats wrote: ‘Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone/ It’s with O’Leary in the grave.’
Collection
Accession number
7633-1938

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Record createdFebruary 25, 2003
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