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When: 16 June 1954

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Bloomsday 16 June 1954, has been illustrated before by the Wiltshire Collection, but this shot was taken indoors with two named personalities. The significance of Con Leventhal and Michael Scott escapes me. But I am sure the many Joyce scholars out there can enlighten me...

The general consensus is that this image captures Abraham "Con" Levanthal (academic and literary critic), Michael John Scott (architect and one-time Abbey actor) and Patricia Scott (TCD grad and wife of Scott). All of whom would have been very familiar with Joyce's works and the art world in Dublin in general....

Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire

Collection: Wiltshire Photographic Collection

Date: 16 June 1954

NLI Ref: WIL pk14[8]

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 21/May/2019 08:35:23

    No wonder we don't know the lady's name, she's being crowded out by the two men.

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    • 21/May/2019 08:36:37

    I think this Michael Scott is the architect. The house he lived in is right next to the James Joyce Tower in Sandycove, and he "and his friends founded the James Joyce Museum with financial assistance from filmmaker John Huston".

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2019 08:38:17

    A page on A.J. "Con" Levanthal finishes: Leventhal appeared unwittingly as Bloom in John Ryan’s Bloomsday film of 1954, with Brian O’Nolan (Flann O’Brien), Patrick Kavanagh, and Anthony Cronin. There was a film of the day?? And of course, it is on youtube. Ah, we have seen it before, and it is not a film with parts and a script, it is just random bits of video such as you might make with your phone while worse for wear.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2019 08:45:40

    O’Nolan was “unsurprisingly” drunk before the group even gathered at the home of architect Michael Scott, which remains just below the Martello Tower where the opening scenes of "Ulysses" take place.

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    • 21/May/2019 08:53:01

    16 June 1954 was a Wednesday,

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2019 08:58:41

    Michael Scott at Archiseek: Michael Scott (1905-1988) is considered the most important architect of the twentieth century in Ireland. Apart from Busáras, his most important buildings include his own home Geragh at Sandycove and Donnybrook Bus Garage. In this Google Maps aerial view you can see that Geragh Haus is next door to the Martello tower of the opening scene of Ulysses.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2019 09:21:05

    I am going to guess that the less-than-amused unidentified woman is Michael Scott's wife Patricia, unimpressed by this gang of chain smoking literary piss artists. Getty has a posed studio pic from 1951, what do you thiink?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2019 09:31:49

    I suspect Michael was born John Michael Scott, and Patricia was Maria Patricia Nixon, but I would not bet a lot on it.

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    • 21/May/2019 09:40:47

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] The DIA calls him Michael John Scott, and mentions his wife Patricia Nixon. However it does also say that they married in 1932, whereas the most likely wedding record I can find is from 1934.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 21/May/2019 09:45:50

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] Yes, that's the Registrar's record I was looking at. I think this is him in the 1911 census, born in 1905 in Drogheda, father from Kerry as stated in the archiseek article. Yes, your DIA article says his father was William and in the teaching line. The DIA also gives the same South Frederick Street home address as that 1934 registrar's record.

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    • 21/May/2019 09:46:51

    I presume that is a copy of Ulysses on the table - I can't make out the title . Also looks like an empty bottle of Schweppes on the sideboard?

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    • 21/May/2019 09:48:36

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley It also matches the wedding record - father William Scott, Teacher in Dept. Agriculture.

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    • 21/May/2019 21:13:05

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    Gerry Lynch/林奇格里

    • 21/May/2019 21:29:07

    Fabulous, thanks for sharing.

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    Luís Henrique Boucault

    • 22/May/2019 13:13:18

    Very nice shot! Well done!