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Hints for Irish Historical Paintings (Author: Thomas Osborne Davis)
National art is conversant with national subjects. We have Irish artists, but no Irish, no national art. This ought not to continue; it is injurious to the artists, and disgraceful to the country. The following historical subjects were loosely jotted down by a friend. Doubtless, a more just selection could be made by students noting down fit subjects for painting and sculpture, as they read. We shall be happy to print any suggestions on the subjectour own are, as we call them, mere hints with loose references to the authors or books which suggested them. For any good painting, the marked figures must be few, the action obvious, the costume, arms, architecture, postures historically exact, and the manners, appearance, and rank of the characters strictly studied and observed. The grouping and drawing require great truth and vigour. A similar set of subjects illustrating social life could be got from the Poor Report, Carleton's, Banim's, or Griffin's stories, or, better still, from observation.
The references are vague, but perhaps sufficient.
- The Landing of the MilesiansKeating, Moore's Melodies.
- Ollamh Fodhla Presenting his Laws to his People. Keating's, Moore's, and O'Halloran's Histories of IrelandWalker's Irish Dress and Arms, and Vallancey's Collectanea.
- Nial and his Nine HostagesMoore, Keating.
- A Druid's Augury.Moore, O'Halloran, Keating.
- A Chief Riding out of his FortGriffin's Invasion, Walker, Moore.
- The Oak of KildareMoore.
- The Burial of King Dathy in the Alps, his thinned troops laying stones on his graveM'Geoghegan's Histoire de l'Irlande (French edition), Invasion, Walker, Moore.
- St. Patrick brought before the Druids at TaraMoore and his Authorities.
- The First Landing of the DanesSee Invasion, Moore, &c.
- The Death of TurgesiusKeating, Moore.
- Ceallachan tied to the MastKeating.
- Muirchertach Returning to Aileach Archaeological Society's Tracts.
- Brian Reconnoitring the Danes before Clontarf.
- The Last of the Danes Escaping to his Ship.
- O'Ruarc's ReturnKeating, Moore's Melodies.
- Raymond Le Gros Leaving his BrideMoore.
- Roderick in Conference with the NormansMoore, M'Geoghegan.
- Donald O'Brien Setting Fire to LimerickM'Geoghegan.
- Donald O'Brien Visiting HolycrossM'Geoghegan.
- O'Brien, O'Connor, and M'Carthy, making Peace to attack the NormansM'Geoghegan, Moore.
- The Same Three Victorious at the Battle of ThurlesMoore and O'Conor's Rerum Hibernicarum Scriptores.
- Irish Chiefs leaving Prince JohnMoore, &c.
- M'Murrough and Gloster.Harris's Hibernica, p. 53.
- Crowning of Edward BruceLeland, Grace's Annals, &c.
- Edgecombe Vainly Trying to Overawe KildareHarris's Hibernica.
- Kildare On the Necks of the Butlers.Leland.
- Shane O'Neill at Elizabeth's CourtLeland.
- Lord Sydney Entertained by Shane O'Neill.
- The Battle of the Red CoatsO'Sullivan's Catholic History.
- Hugh O'Neill Victor in Single Combat at ClontibretFynes Moryson, O'Sullivan, M'Geoghegan.
- The CorleiusDymmok's Treatise in Archaeological Society's Tracts.
- Maguire and St. Leger in Single CombatM'Geoghegan.
- O'Sullivan Crossing the Shannon Pacata Hibernia.
- O'Dogherty Receiving the Insolent Message of the Governor of DerryM'Geoghegan.
- The Brehon before the English JudgesDavis's Letter to Lord Salisbury.
- Ormond Refusing to give up his SwordCarte's Life of Ormond.
- Good Lookerson. Strafford's Letters.
- Owen Connolly before the Privy Council, 1641Carey's Vindiciae.
- The Battle of JulianstownTemple's Rebellion, and Tichbourne's Drogheda.
- Owen Roe Organising the CreaghtsCarte, and also Belling and O'Neill in the Desiderata Curiosa Hibernica.
- The Council of KilkennyCarte.
- The Breach of ClonmelDo.
- Smoking Out the IrishLudlow's Memoirs.
- Burning ThemCastlehaven's Memoirs.
- Nagle before the Privy CouncilHarris's William.
- James's Entry into Dublin Dublin Magazine for March, 1843.
- The Bridge of Athlone Green Book and Authorities.
- St. Ruth's Death.Do.
- The Embarkation from LimerickDo.
- Cremona Cox's Magazine.
- Sir S. Rice Pleading against the Violation of the Treaty of LimerickStaunton's Collection of Tracts on Ireland.
- Burning of Molyneux's famous work.
- Liberty Boys Reading a Drapier's LetterMason's St. Patrick's Cathedral.
- Lucas Surrounded by Dublin Citizens in his Shop.
- Grattan Moving Liberty Memoirs.
- Flood Apostrophising CorruptionBarrington.
- Dungannon ConventionWilson, Barrington.
- Curran Cross-Examining Armstrong Memoirs.
- Curran Pleading before the Council in Alderman James's Case.
- Tone's First SocietySee his Memoirs.
- The Belfast ClubMadden's U. I., Second Series, Vol. I.
- Tone, Emmet, and Keogh in the Rathfarnham Garden.
- Tone and CarnotTone's Memoirs.
- Battle of Oulart.Hay, Teeling, Rebellion, &c.
- First Meeting of the Catholic Association.
- O'Connell Speaking in a Munster ChapelWyse's History of Catholic Association.
- The Clare HustingsProposal of O'Connell.
- The Dublin Corporation Speech.
- Father Mathew Administering the Pledge in a Munster County.
- ConciliationOrange and Green.
- The Lifting of the Irish Flags of a National Fleet and Army.