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Representing the Irish emigrant: humour to pathos?

Cullen, Fintan

Authors

Fintan Cullen fintan.cullen@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

The nineteenth-century artist, Erskine Nicol (1825–1904) is well known for his anecdotal and humorous paintings of Irish themes. This article analyses one of his larger oils to show that on occasion he attempted a more serious representation of the rural Irish figure which asks for empathy as opposed to ridicule. The focus is on An Irish Emigrant Landing in Liverpool (signed and dated 1871; Scottish National Gallery). A key part of the analysis is an exploration of the relationship between the painting and a published account of a visit to England by the Irish emigrant depicted.

Citation

Cullen, F. (2017). Representing the Irish emigrant: humour to pathos?. Visual Culture in Britain, 18(2), https://doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2017.1328987

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 24, 2017
Online Publication Date Jun 29, 2017
Publication Date Aug 1, 2017
Deposit Date Sep 12, 2017
Publicly Available Date Dec 30, 2018
Journal Visual Culture in Britain
Print ISSN 1471-4787
Electronic ISSN 1941-8361
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 2
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/14714787.2017.1328987
Keywords emigration, humour, empathy, pathos, Liverpool, Ireland, nineteenth century, caricature
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/45751
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14714787.2017.1328987
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Visual Culture in Britain on 29 June 2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline..../14714787.2017.1328987.

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