MARKIEVICZ, Countess. Large Photograph Print of Countess Markievicz in uniform kneeling against a studio prop holding a revolver. Studio full-length portrait.


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430 x 530mm. Enclosed in an ebony and gilt frame (Irish Vernacular). Wear to border of frame. Rare.
Countess Markievicz was a socialist and revolutionary Irish nationalist, and campaigned for votes for women. In 1918, she was the first woman elected to the British House of Commons, but did not take her seat. Instead, she joined the other Sinn Féin politicians in forming a separate Irish parliament, Dáil Eireann. “An aggressive and flamboyant speaker who enjoyed wearing military uniforms and carrying weapons, Markievicz was known for her advocacy of armed rebellion against British authority. She welcomed the Easter rising, acting as second-in-command of a troop of Citizen. Army combatants at St Stephen’s Green. As British troops occupied buildings surrounding the park, it became a deathtrap for the Citizen Army who were forced to seek refuge in the College of Surgeons. After a week of heavy fire, Markievicz and her fellow rebels surrendered. She was originally sentenced to death for her part in the rebellion, but this was commuted on account of her sex; she was transferred to Aylesbury prison and was released under a general amnesty in June 1917, having served fourteen months.”


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