Conquering England

Conquering England : Ireland in Victorian London

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Under the Union between Britain and Ireland in 1801, the two countries were engaged in a relationship that was quarrelsome, contentious and in many ways interdependent. Yet it also provided a wider arena for certain ambitions in literature, politics and the arts. Irish talent was exported to London in the nineteenth century; by the turn of the twentieth it was being imported back to an Ireland undergoing political radicalisation and a cultural renaissance. This book, which accompanies a National Portrait Gallery exhibition, explores the Irish presence in London during the Victorian period, focusing on prominent individuals including the writers Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats and G.B. Shaw; theatrical impresarios such as Bram Stoker; history painters such as Daniel Maclise; charismatic politicians such as Charles Stewart Parnell and colourful journalists such as T.P. O'Connor. Through these influential individuals, the changing perspectives on Ireland that developed during the second half of the nineteenth century are more

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  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 180 x 240mm | 332g
  • National Portrait Gallery Publications
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1855143488
  • 9781855143487
  • 1,932,430

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R.F. Foster is Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford and is a Fellow of Hertford College. He has written widely on Irish history, society and politics in the modern period, as well as on Victorian high politics and culture. His second volume of the authorised biography of W.B. Yeats was published in 2003 to great acclaim. Fintan Cullen teaches at the University of Nottingham and is the author of Visual Politics: The Representation of Ireland 1750-1930, Sources in Irish Art: A Reader and The Irish Face: Redefining the Irish Portrait published by the National Portrait more

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"'England had conquered Ireland, so there was nothing for it but to come over and conquer England.' G.B. Shaw, The Matter with Ireland"show more

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