COLLINS, Michael. An Original Photograph of Michael Collins taken during the historic Anglo-Irish peace conference which began at Downing Street, London, on 12th October, 1921. [TAKEN DURING THE TREATY NEGOTIATIONS]


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Full length portrait of a serious looking Collins with moustache and dressed in a suit. Daily Mirror stamp on verso. 152 x 202mm. In very good condition.

The historic Anglo-Irish peace conference began at Downing Street, London, on 12 October, 1921 determine the constitutional future of Ireland and its relationship with the United Kingdom. Representing the British at the conference were the Prime Minister, David Lloyd George; the Lord Chancellor, F.E. Smith; Winston Churchill; Laming Worthington-Evans; Hamar Greenwood; and Gordon Hewart. While the Irish were represented by their plenipotentiaries Arthur Grifith; Michael Collins; Robert Barton; Éamon Duggan; and George Gavan Duffy. Absent for the British team was Austen Chamberlain who was unwell. Also in attendance were Thomas Jones and Lionel Curtis, the British secretaries and their Irish counterparts, Erskine Childers and John Chartres. Art O’Brien, Dáil Éireann’s representative in London, introduced them all individually to the waiting British Prime Minister who shook hands with each of them. President of Dáil Éireann, Éamon de Valera, was conspicuous by his absence from the Irish delegation!


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