Representing the Irish emigrant: humour to pathos?

Cullen, Fintan (2017) Representing the Irish emigrant: humour to pathos? Visual Culture in Britain, 18 (2). pp. 176-191. ISSN 1941-8361

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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.

Item Type: Article
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:
Keywords: emigration, humour, empathy, pathos, Liverpool, Ireland, nineteenth century, caricature
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities > Department of History of Art
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Depositing User: Cullen, Fintan
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2017 10:19
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:56

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