This is allegedly a bust of Denis Florence MacCarthy. Now I suspect that many of us plebs never heard of this gentleman, so one wonders who was he to be preserved for all time in marble? It is a fine-looking sculpture with excellent detail, so this is a particularly singular honour for Denis. Google search on the way!!!!
+++ UPDATE +++
No idea why our catalogue record had a question mark after Bust of Denis Florence MacCarthy?
as it quite clearly states what it is on the tin, or in this case, marble plinth. Thanks to Suck Diesel
for the list of the great and good of Irish society in 1882, who came together to contribute to a memorial fund to perpetuate “in a fitting manner the memory of this distinguished Irish poet”. We’re assuming this bust was the outcome of that fund? And we now know that Mr MacCarthy (1817-1882) was an Irish poet, translator, and biographer, born in Sackville Street Lower (now O’Connell Street), Dublin.
Collection: Political Personalities Photographic Collection
Date: After 1882 (date of death is on the plinth)
NLI Ref: NPA POLI41
You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie
Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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