Wednesday, July 22, 2015

(Northern) Ireland, Day 10: Linen Hall Library Postcards

Ed and I poked around Linen Hall Library this afternoon; apparently they have a postcard collection in which they have over 6,000 images of Ireland. 

The following postcards are a series of 12 stained glass portraits of "men eminent in literature and science" commissioned for the transfer of the Library from the White Linen Hall in 1892 to its current address in Belfast.

Edmund Burke (1729-1797) was an Anglo-Irish politician,
orator, and political thinker noted for his strong support for the
American Revolution and fierce opposition to the French
Revolution. He expressed his hostility in
Reflections on theRevolution in France
Professor Michael Faraday (1791 - 1867) was a British chemist
and physicist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism
and electrochemistry. He gave his name to the "farad," originally
describing a unit of electrical charge but later a unit of
electrical capacitance.
Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727) was an English physicist and
mathematician. In 1687, with the support of his friend, the
astronomer Edmund Halley, Newton published
Philosophiae Naturalis Principa Mathematica.
William Shakespeare's (1564 - 1616) first collected edition of
works was published in 1623 and is known as "The First Folio."
Thomas Carlyle (1795 - 1881) was a Scottish satirical writer,
essayist, historian, and teacher during the Victorian era. He
called economics "the dismal science," wrote articles for the
Edinburgh Encyclopedia, and became a controversial social
commentator. His combination of a religion temperament with
loss of faith in traditional Christianity made his work appealing
to many Victorians.
Walter Scott (1771 - 1832) was a poet, novelist, ballad-collector,
critic, acknowledged as the father of the historical novel.
Waverley, published in 1814, is one of the most significant books
of the 19th century. The Waverley novels proved hugely popular
in Europe and America, chronicling tales of gallantry, romance,
and chivalry.
John Milton (1608 - 1674) was an English poet, polemicist,
and man of letters, best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost.
Milton's poetry and prose reflect his deep personal convictions
and passion for freedom and self-determination informed by the
urgent issues and political turbulence of his day. He generally
remains regarded as one of the preeminent writers in the
English language.
Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626) was an English philosopher and
statesman, and a pioneer of modern scientific thought. In 1618
he was appointed Lord Chancellor, the most powerful position
in England, and in 1621 he was created Viscount St. Albans.
He was imprisoned for accepting bribes and, although later
pardoned, this was the end of Bacon's public life. He retired
to his home in Hertfordshire where he continued to write until
his death in London.
Robert Burns (1759 - 1796) was a Scots poet and lyricist,
known si m ply as the Bard of Scotland. A pioneer of the
Romantic Movement, after his death he came both a cultural
icon and a sconce of inspiration to the founders of both
liberalism and socialism.
Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852) was an Irish poet, singer,
songwriter, and entertainer, now best remembered for the lyrics
of The Minstrel Boy and The Last Rose of Summer. In 1807
Moore and Sir John Stevenson collaborated to produce what
is popularly known as Moore's Irish Melodies. Moore is
considered Ireland's National Bard and is to Ireland what
Robert Burns is to Scotland.
Sam Johnson (1709 - 1784) was an English writer and critic,
and one of the most famous literary figures of the 18th century.
His best-known work is his Dictionary of the English
which was published in 1755. In 1763, he met
James Boswell, a young Scottish lawyer, whose Life of Johnson
(published in 1791) did much to spread Johnson's name.
Oliver Goldsmith (1730 - 1774) was an Anglo-Irish writer and
poet best known for hi novel The Vicar of Wakefield (1776) and
his plays The Good-Natur'd Man (1768) and She Stoops to
(1771). A statue of him stands at the Front Arch of
Trinity College, Dublin.

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