CASEMENT, Roger. Original Lithograph drawn on stone from Life
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CASEMENT, Roger. Original Lithograph drawn on stone from Life (1916) by Prof. L. Fanto, Art Director, State Theatre, Saxony. Limited to 350 copies (No. 73). Signed by the printer Colm O Lochlainn, dated 1935. In large folder. 56. x 43cms. Framed and glazed. In very good condition.
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.
Early in the 1930s Colm O Lochlainn acquired the lithographic stone on which Fanto had drawn
the best surviving portrait of Casement. Issued in a limited edition of 350 copies. This copy carries
letterpress below the portrait, not present in all copies. 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.
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