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Crime, Eccentricity, and the Sporting Life in 19th Century America.
July 16, 2019

St. Patrick's Day.

An allegorical representation of the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
March 14, 2016
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St. Patrick's Day.

St. Patrick's Day

An allegorical representation of the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

We give an allegorical representation of the celebration of this famous day—the birth-time of the patron saint of Ireland. On the left of the engraving is seen a picture of St. Patrick himself, represented as banishing all the reptiles and unclean animals from Ireland. On the right, we have a view of Father Mathew delivering a temperance address to the people, in whose ranks banners are waving, and happy faces smiling. In the centre piece, surrounded by a garland, we have a miniature representation of the birth of Christ. On the left, at the bottom of the page, we have a view of the fruits of intemperance. On the right, its contrast—the peaceful products of temperance and honesty. To correspond with these ideas, on the left the sun is hidden behind a cloud; on the right it is bursting forth in clear effulgence. The lofty regions of the left represent ruins. On the right, we have a happy village with its steeple rearing its head towards heaven. The picture is full of suggestions and a very fine one in all its characteristics.


Reprinted from Gleason’s Pictorial Drawing-Room Companion, March 19, 1853.