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O'Sullivan, Niamh, 1960–
The Tombs of a departed race : illustrations of Ireland's great hunger / Niamh O'Sullivan.
Additional Title(s):
Illustrations of Ireland's great hunger
Hamden, CT : Quinnipiac University Press, c2014.
Physical Description:
67 p. : col. ill. ; 28 cm.
Reference Library
DA950.7 .O79 2014 (LC) Oversize
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The subject matter of real human suffering did not lend itself easily to art. Ireland's Great Hunger--the worst demographic catastrophe of the nineteenth century--coincided with the invention of new mass-market periodicals. This essay considers the aesthetic, historical, technical and contextual roles of British newspaper illustration in interpreting the story of the Famine. Niamh O'Sullivan examines how academically trained artists who had little experience of looking at unfiltered or distanced atrocity, became pictorial journalists and found new ways to image a trauma of unprecedented scale and horror.--back cover.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 63-64).
Subject Terms:
English newspapers -- History -- 19th century.
Famines -- Ireland.
Famines in art.
Graphic arts -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century.
History, 19th Century -- Ireland.
Human Migration -- history -- Ireland.
Hunger in art.
Ireland -- History -- 19th century.
Ireland -- History -- Famine, 1845-1852.
Medical illustration -- Ireland.
Newspapers -- History -- Ireland.
Social history -- history -- Ireland.
Starvation -- history -- Ireland.
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum.

  • Horrible suffering, utter penury
  • Crawling skeletons
  • Half-clad spectres
  • The mirror of truth
  • A mass of human putrifaction
  • The triumph of pestilence and the feast of death
  • The black hole of Calcutta
  • Buried in the deep.