[Sir Arthur Guinness] A XX M.P.'There comes a bark that, blowing forward, bore / Sir Authur, like a modern gentleman / Of stateliest port; and all the people cried, / Arthur is come again!'
Pub. by C. Smyth 57 Dame Street. [n.d., c.1874.]
Tinted lithograph, rare. Sheet 380 x 230mm (15 x 9"). Some spotting.
Arthur Edward Guinness (1840-1915), 1st Baron Ardilaun, 2nd Baronet, great-grandson of the Arthur Guinness that founded the brewing firm. He was elected to the Irish Parliament in 1868, but this was voided because of his election agent's behaviour (unknown to Guinness). This satire appears to date from his re-election in 1874, depicting him as King Arthur in armour, with a cork-screw lance and a shield with 'Beer and For-Beer' as a motto. A large building, probably a brewery, is marked 'will shortly be reopened'. In 1876 He sold his half-share in the Guinness company to his brother Edward for £600,000, A philanthropist, Guinness gave St Stephen's Green to the people of Dublin. 'Ireland's Eye', an Irish version of Vanity Fair, lasted only 18 months.
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