O'Connell, the Liberator

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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1882

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O'Connell seems almost the forgotten man of Irish history these days. Once revered for his successful campaign for Catholic emancipation, today his name is seldom mentioned apart from the streets and monuments in his name. This must be one of the earliest photographs of the Dublin sculpture minus the fencing, seats and bullet holes?

And indeed BeachcomberAustralia has confirmed that this image was likely captured sometime shortly after c.August 1882 (when the statue to O'Connell was first erected), but before c.August 1883 (when the figures at the monument's base were added). These four winged "victories" (conspicuous by their absense here) were added to represent O'Connell's believed virtues of patriotism, fidelity, courage and eloquence.....

Photographers: Unknown

Collection: Eblana Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1870-1890. Likely August 1882 to August 1883 (accompanying statues not yet in place)

NLI Ref: EB_1110

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 01/Mar/2019 08:54:45

    Where are all the fast-food places? 8-)

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    • 01/Mar/2019 09:18:07

    "... Interestingly, none of the winged victories bronzes was present at the time of the unveiling of the monument [15/8/1882]. Two had already been cast, but the decision was made not to add them until all four were complete. Finally in 1886, the four angels took their rightful place around the base of the plinth ..." Much more information available at - thesearchforanneandmichael.blogspot.com/2014/03/angels-of... So photo is between 1882 and 1886, so far ...

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    • 01/Mar/2019 09:31:59

    Eblana photo with the winged victories angels (after 1886 - ed. 1883 see below) for comparison - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000560903

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    • 01/Mar/2019 11:00:14

    STOP THE PRESSES! I think the blog is wrong - the Winged Victories were added by August 1883, according to this Sydney Freeman's Journal article via Trove - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/110556111 So photo between August 1882 and August 1883, so far ...

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    • 01/Mar/2019 12:35:38

    Fantastic scene - it looks way bigger in this image than it seems in real life, although that's because it's hard to judge the size when standing beside it.

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    • 01/Mar/2019 21:11:09

    Streetview with pigeons (August 2018) - goo.gl/maps/uajs1U4KZnq Guessing that the photo is soon after the August 1882 unveiling, due to the lack of pigeon residue. Megazoom™ shows O'Connell is shiny and new, and looking directly at the camera. Someone clever might be able to work out the time and month from the shadows. See also comments here - [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7095659849/]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 03/Mar/2019 01:07:39

    Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia! I've updated the notes on the date. Much appreciated!

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 13/Mar/2019 09:00:08

    Excellent shot!