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The artist has written of this painting that 'it was part of series of paintings based on 'affective myths' within Northern Irish culture. James Connolly, Scottish by birth, is one of the heroes of Irish (and international) socialism. His hat, with the bullet-hole sustained during the 1916 East Rising, can be seen displayed in the National Museum in Dublin. I have used it in some of my paintings almost like an icon.
oil on canvas
H 152.4 x W 152.4 cm
purchased from Fendersky Gallery, Belfast, 1987
verso TLC: CONNOLLY'S HAT WITH LILIES