Begorrathon 2017: The Wounded Poacher

The Wounded Poacher by Henry Jones Thaddeus. National Gallery of Ireland

Henry Jones Thaddeus (1859 – 1929) was an Irish realist painter who studied at the School of Art in Cork, a place he later described as:

A ramshackle, tumble-down building, with a pathetic notice at the head of its staircase imploring students not to jump or run down in a body, as the steps would give way; such was the Cork School of Art, when as a boy of ten, in the year of grace 1870, I crossed its well-worn threshold and was initiated into the mysteries of elementary art.

Thaddeus studied further in Paris and later travelled throughout Europe and North Africa, mixing with fellow artists and member of the aristocracy.

He was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1901

The Wounded Poacher was painted in 1881


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The lynching of Joseph Richardson, September 26, 1913.

 The lynching of Joseph Richardson, damaged shoeshine stand. September 26, 1913, Leitchfield Kentucky.

By Niall McArdle

On September 26th, 1913, a man named Joseph Richardson was lynched by a mob in the town square in Leitchfield, Kentucky. He had been accused of assualting an eleven year old white girl. According to a newspaper report, β€œthe little girl was on her way to school when she was attacked by the negro who was frightened away by approach of the neighbors.” This photo was printed on postcards and sold door-to-door. Subsequent investigation determined that Richardson was the local drunk; he had “merely stumbled into the child, and not even torn her dress.”

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