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Their Irish Master

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (issued)

  • Date:

    1910 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Halkett, George Roland, born 1855 - died 1918 (artist)
    National Union of Conservative Associations (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithography

  • Museum number:

    E.185-1968

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2F, shelf DR77, box BRITISH MUSEUM POSTERS

In 1910 there were two general elections in the kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Liberals and Conservatives had almost equal representation in the House of Commons, so the Irish Parliamentary Party led by John Redmond, here carrying a green banner symbolising Irish independence, was able to bring the Home Rule for Ireland question to the forefront of political debate. 'Their Irish Master' suggests that the 'proper' relations of a powerful Britain controlling junior Ireland were reversed by Redmond's wily political opportunism. Here he leads the British Government's leaders - H. H. Asquith, David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill - by the nose.

Physical description

'Their Irish Master'. Colour lithograph political poster satirising the issue of Home Rule for Ireland in the General Election of 1910. It depicts John Redmond smartly dressed in black, carrying the banner for Irish Independence. He leads Asquith, Lloyd George and Winston Churchill, each by a rope tied to a ring in the nose. One has a paper under his arm captioned 'Home Rule', the second a paper captioned 'Budget' and the third a paper captioned 'Home Department'. Signed.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (issued)

Date

1910 (published)

Artist/maker

Halkett, George Roland, born 1855 - died 1918 (artist)
National Union of Conservative Associations (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithography

Marks and inscriptions

'Published by the National Union of Conservative Associations, St. Stephen's Chambers, Westminster SW'
Distributor's identification.

'Printed by Sir Joseph Ca.....[illegible]n & Sons Limited , 9 Eastcheap E.C.'
Maker's identification

'G.R.Halkett'
Signature; within the image.

'No.255'
Distributor's identification; to left bottom corner of image.

Dimensions

Height: 76.2 cm sheet, Width: 101.5 cm sheet

Descriptive line

'Their Irish Master'. Colour lithograph political poster satirising the issue of Home Rule for Ireland in the General Election of 1910. Design by George Roland Halkett. Published by the National Union of Conservative Associations, London, 1910.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria & Albert Museum Department of Prints and Drawings and Department of Paintings, Accessions 1968 London: HMSO, 1969.
Summary Catalogue of British Posters to 1988 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in the Department of Design, Prints & Drawing. Emmett Publishing, 1990. 129 p. ISBN: 1 869934 12 1

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Members of Parliament; Satire; Election; Politics

Categories

Propaganda; Politics; Caricatures & Cartoons; Prints; Posters; Scotland

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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