CASEMENT, Roger. Roger Casement Original Lithograph, possibly a proof copy, drawn on stone from Life by Prof. L. Fanto in Berlin in 1916 while Casement was there prior to his return to Ireland in connection with the Rising of Easter Week 1916. Series was limited to 350 copies.


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This lithograph, without limitation label is mounted on card. 293 x 433mm. With the ticket on back of Bregazzi and Sons, Carvers, Gilders and Picture Framers, Merrion Row, Dublin. In very good condition. Very rare.

The original stone from which this print was made, was brought to Ireland about 1930 by Dr. Moloney, and was subsequently acquired by Colm O Lochlainn who issued it in a limited edition of 350 copies in 1935. The stone was destroyed in a fire at the ‘Sign of the Three Candles’ printing premises, Fleet Street, Dublin in 1937. Illustrated in De Búrca’s: The Three Candles - A Bibliographic Catalogue’. Prof. L. Fanto was Art Director, State Theatre, Saxony, Germany. Proceeds of the sale of these drawings were given to the Irish Academy of Letters (founded by Yeats and Shaw) for the annual Casement Prize.
Roger Casement (1864-1916), was born in Sandycove, Dublin. Both his parents died when he was young and he was raised by an aunt in Ulster and educated at Ballymena Academy. He was employed in the British Consular Service from 1895 to 1913, from which position he exposed cruelties in the Congo and on the rubber plantations of Brazil, where he was Consul-General. Knighted in 1911, he joined the Irish Volunteer movement a year later and Sinn Féin in 1914 when he went to Germany looking for arms. In April 1916 the Germans despatched a ship, the ‘Aud’, with a cargo of arms to be landed in Kerry for use in the Easter Rising, Casement followed in a submarine and landed on Banna Strand where he was captured, taken to London and tried for high treason. He was found guilty and hanged on 3rd August in the same year. The definitive portrait of Casement, widely published, including on a commemorative Irish postage stamp issue in 1966.


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