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The Arrest of Countess Markievicz, 1916

Date: 1916
Dimensions: 182 x 140cm
Medium: oil on canvas
Collection: Niland Collection
Provenance: Purchased by Sligo County Library and Museum, 1962

This painting depicts the surrender of the Irish Citizen Army at the College of Surgeons, Easter Week, 1916, following orders from P.H.Pearse. Countess Markievicz, who was second in command at the College of Surgeons is seen here in military dress standing beside Michael Mallin who was in command. The artist sketched the scene on the spot and then painted it on a large canvas. She sent it to New York for safety in 1917. It got mislaid there, but was discovered thirty years later and returned to the artist in Dublin. The Sligo Museum committee purchased it from the artist in November 1962.

Written by Riann Coulter


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