1916 Maud Gonne with still life.

Maud Gonne 1916 Canvas Print


This exclusive canvas print of Maud Gonne is only available through Avoca Gallery and is the perfect gift for everyone with an Irish connection. Maud Gonne belongs to a series of sixteen 1916 portraits created by Rod Coyne to mark the Easter Rising Centenary. This fine art print available in small, medium and large sizes. It is framed and the price includes FREE world wide delivery.

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Rod Coyne paints Maud Gonne


Maud Gonne

Maud Gonne was an Irish revolutionary, a romantic muse for William Butler Yeats, and mother to Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Sean MacBride.

Maud Gonne was born on December 21, 1866 near Farnham, Surrey, England. She founded the Irish Nationalist group, The Daughters of Ireland. She had a relationship with poet, William Butler Yeats and was the inspiration for some of his poems. In 1903, she married Major John MacBride and the couple’s son, Sean MacBride, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974.

Maud Gonne – Aristocrat to Rebel

Irish revolutionary. Born Edith Maud Gonne on December 21,1866 near Farnham, Surrey, England. Maud Gonne was born into a distinguished and wealthy family, and her father served as an army captain. Her mother died of tuberculosis when she was a child, and she and her sister were raised and educated by a French nanny. This cosmopolitan upbringing was furthered by travels throughout Europe with her father, then a military attaché.

In 1884, Maud Gonne’s father died of typhoid fever, and she received a considerable inheritance. After moving to France to be with her aunt, Gonne met and fell in love with right wing politician Lucien Millevoye. Though he was already married, he instilled Gonne with his political passions. She began a nearly lifelong fight for Irish freedom from England and the release of political prisoners. She and Millevoye had two children, one whom survived, before their relationship ended.

Moved by the plight of those evicted in the Land Wars, she continued to campaign for the Irish nationalist cause. In 1900, she founded the Daughters of Ireland, which provided a home for Irish nationalist women. She also began a relationship with poet and playwright William Butler Yeats, though she refused his many marriage proposals. Gonne was the inspiration for many of Yeats’s poems.

In 1918, Maud Gonne was arrested for being a political agitator. She became severely ill in prison and after her release, she began a crusade for improved conditions for Ireland’s political prisoners. In 1903, Maud Gonne married Major John MacBride. The couple’s son, Sean MacBride, was active in politics and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1974. Her autobiography, A Servant of the Queen, was published in 1938.

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1916 Canvas Print in Scale

1916 Prints in scale.

To help you get a feel for the scale and colour of our 1916 Canvas Prints we’ve pictured three of them with this still life. The exact sizes are: Small: 20x30cm (8”x12”), Medium: 40x50cm (16”x20”), Large: 50x70cm (20”x28”) and just add 5cm (2”) to height and width for the framed dimensions.
Please note the “ROD COYNE” watermark above does not appear on the finished product.