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The Union of Hearts Depicted: Gladstone, Home Rule and United Ireland

Bebbington DW (2010) The Union of Hearts Depicted: Gladstone, Home Rule and United Ireland. In: Boyce DG, O'Day A (ed.). Gladstone and Ireland: Politics, Religion and Nationality in the Victorian Age, Houndsmill, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 186-207.

First paragraph: William Ewart Gladstone detested political cartoons. They embodied caricature, the exaggeration of a particular feature into a deformity to excite ridicule or hatred. Cartoons, Gladstone once pointed out, had not existed in ancient Greece. There the ideal of human beauty was so deeply cherished that its distortion was not tolerated. Yet cartoons did the statesman powerful service during his long career. Their very frequency consolidated his image as a popular politician, bringing out qualities such as courage and tenacity that he was happy to have publicised. Nowhere, however, did they advance his cause more than in Ireland after the introduction of Home Rule. The nationalist journal United Ireland, as the illustrations in this paper will show, gave currency to striking depictions of Gladstone; and they vividly portrayed the union of hearts between England and Ireland that he preached so persistently in the late 1880s. The purpose of this article is to examine a sample of the cartoons, but first they need to be placed in their context.

EditorBoyce DG, O'Day A
AuthorsBebbington David William
Publication date2010
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of publicationHoundsmill, Basingstoke
ISBN 978-0-230-22194-9
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