Mrs Joseph Plunkett and Sir William Orpen

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When: 01 January 1905

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Two significant figures from the 1916 era, Grace Plunkett (nee Gifford) and Sir William Orpen the artist. A very posed photograph - but what can we find out about it apart from what has been added to the catalogue?:

"Grace Gifford Plunkett, holding a brush and artist's palette, and William Orpen, three-quarter length portrait, printed on postcard. Grace Gifford studied under the Irish artist William Orpen at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art between 1904 and 1907."

Today's contributors link us primarily to the Wikipedia entries for Grace Gifford and William Orpen. Both artists from Dublin they are pictured perhaps around the time of William's 1907 portrait of his then student. Within a decade of that portrait, Irish and global events would take these two on different paths. Orpen became a prolific war artist and would capture the horrors of the Somme during 1916/1917. Grace became a caricature artist, and involved with Joseph Plunkett and the Rising during Easter 1916. Grace famously married Plunkett in Kilmainham Jail, just hours before his death...

Photographers: Various

Collection: Irish Political Figures Photographic Collection

Date: c.1904-1910.


You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at


Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
Source: Flickr Commons
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    • 06/Jul/2017 08:43:08

    William Orpen painted Grace Gifford as Young Ireland in 1907 - From - And -

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    • 06/Jul/2017 09:08:04

    A photo of Orpen in 1903 for comparison - [[email protected]/5126744152/] There are many Orpen paintings here on Flickr, see

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    Bernard Healy

    • 06/Jul/2017 11:09:56

    Grace Gifford Plunkett was an extraordinary character and Marie O'Neill's biography is well worth a read. I'm pretty sure Marie gave a talk to the National Library of Ireland Society about 15 years ago or so. Grace's painting in her cell in Kilmainham is rightfully famous: []

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jul/2017 11:13:10

    Here is her statement to the BUREAU OF MILITARY HISTORY, 1913-21

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jul/2017 11:18:54

    Did you know that this song written in 1985 by Frank and Seán O'Meara, Grace - Jim McCann was about her.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 06/Jul/2017 11:51:56

    Grace Gifford in the 1911 census.

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    • 06/Jul/2017 12:13:59

    I'm absolutely blown away by the images you have in this collection. Fantastic.

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    La Belle Province

    • 06/Jul/2017 12:20:59

    Frogging down the front of her dress. Grace led an amazing life.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jul/2017 13:43:22

    [] Sam we are so lucky to have them all.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jul/2017 14:04:19

    Newsreel Grace Plunkett buys a Republican Loan Bond from Michael Collins

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    • 06/Jul/2017 15:29:17

    Splendid moment captured. simbajak's photos on Flickriver

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    • 06/Jul/2017 19:56:29

    Buenas fotos antiguas .

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 06/Jul/2017 19:57:49

    Thanks all! After another listen to this haunting rendition of 'Grace', I updated the description, tags and date. It's sad to think that, given that Orpen spent just one day in Ireland between 1915 and his death in 1931, these two perhaps didn't get to compare notes (on what was a very eventful few decades for them both)....

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    • 08/Jul/2017 10:35:17

    Some lovely prints of Orpen's work can be seen upstairs at Stillorgan shopping centre in Dublin.