'United Irishmen in training', 1798

James Gillray

'United Irishmen in training', 1798
3 1 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm

'United Irishmen in training', 1798.

Print by James Gillray, published by Hannah Humphrey, 1798.

Volunteers of the Society of United Irishmen, a republican nationalist group fighting for Irish independence, are depicted by Gillray practicing their military skills. The print contains several references to Jacobin influence, such as the Liberty Tree pub sign and the phrygian cap, suggesting that the 1798 uprising was a French plot, rather than a genuine struggle for Irish freedom.

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