Image of Charles Stewart Parnell
the image of this silk portrait was kindly
donated by John Hartwig, USA

Charles Stewart Parnell, M.P.

(with harp and shamrock)


Reference Number:- Sprake Number:- Godden Number:-
so 416 STG69 133a
 
Words:
Woven on silk:-
 
 
 

Printed at bottom of card-mount:-
WOVEN IN PURE SILK BY T. STEVENS, COVENTRY. 
 
CHARLES STEWART PARNELL, M.P.
 

Size:
Card-mount:
cm deep by cm wide

silk:
cm deep by cm wide

Comments:
by Austin Sprake:
Shamrock, red bow and yellow harp woven below the portrait. 

by Geoffrey Godden:
Parnell was born in Ireland in 1846.
He was elected a Member of Parliament in 1875 and visited America in 1878.
In May 1880 he was elected Chairman of the Home-Rule (for Ireland) party in the British House of Commons - a cause for which he fought with extreme vigour all his life.
He was given the Freedom of Dublin and was often called 'the uncrowned King of Ireland'.
He died on 6 October 1891.

This silk portrait was first mentioned on label 21+9+2 of 1887, and is normally mounted on card D. The title was included in a Stevens advertisement published in May 1887.

Godden mentions that three versions are known, being -

133: The portrait with no woven spray of shamrock or Irish harp below the portrait [so412 on this site.].

133a: As described above but with an Irish harp and a spray of shamrock woven across the jacket, being the image above.

133b: As the image above, but with the amended title printed on the card-mount THE LATE CHARLES STEWART PARNELL [so420 on this site.]. This issue, of course, dates from after his death in October 1891.

Other comments:
Since the publication of Godden's book, a fourth title has been added, being -

As the image above, but with the amended title printed on the card-mount " CHAS. S. PARNELL, M.P. Ireland's Defender and Friend " [so418 on this site].

From a paper envelope used to post the original pictures and portraits, it is confirmed the flowers are Shamrock and an Irish Harp. 



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