Kate Kearney./ For that eye is so modestly beaming, / You'd ne'er think of mischief she's dreaming. / Yet Oh I can tell how fatal's the spell, That lurks in the eye of Kate Kearney.
London, Publishedby William Spooner, 277, Strand. [n.d., c.1870.]
Lithograph with fine hand colour. Printed area 320 x 225mm, 12½ x 9".
Oval portrait of Kate Kearney, a fabled Irish beauty who distilled Poitín (Poteen or Potcheen) in her cottage in the Gap of Dunloe, Killarney, seen in the background. Immortalised in a 32-line ballad which continues 'And who dare inhale her mouth's spicy gale, / Must die by the breath of Kate Kearney'.
[Ref: 25243] £180.00