Sir Roger Casement 1916 Canvas Print
€95 – €295
This exclusive canvas print of Sir Roger Casement is only available through Avoca Gallery and is the perfect gift for everyone with an Irish connection. Sir Roger Casement belongs to a series 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.
Sir Roger Casement
Sir Roger Casement (1864-1916), the British traitor and Irish nationalist hero, was hanged by the British in mid-1916 for his part in working with Germany and Irish nationalists in planning the Dublin Easter Rising of 1916.
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Sir Roger Casement: Empire Critic
Born in Dublin on 1 September 1864 Roger Casement was the son of a Protestant father and Catholic mother, he served for many years as a distinguished British Consul in Mozambique, Angola, the Congo Free State and Brazil.
He gained international renown for his Consular reports criticising the treatment of native workers in the Congo and Amazon. As a consequence of his reports Belgium notably overhauled its administration of the Congo in 1908. Casement himself was rewarded with a knighthood in 1911, the same year he retired from the diplomatic service in ill-health and established himself in Dublin.
Sir Roger Casement: Dublin – New York – Berlin
Casement helped to form in 1913 the Irish National Volunteers, a nationalist organisation. The following year, in July 1914, the former diplomat successfully landed 1,500 rifles at Howth, Co. Dublin for the Volunteers. Soon afterwards Casement visited New York in an attempt to garner support for the organisation. With the outbreak of war the following month Casement similarly hoped for German assistance in gaining Irish independence from Britain.
With this in mind Casement travelled to Berlin in November 1914; once there however he found the Germans reluctant to undertake the risk of sending forces to Ireland. He was also disappointed in his hopes of recruiting to his cause Irish prisoners taken to Germany.
While in Germany Casement strove in particular to effectively borrow a number of German officers to assist with a planned Easter rising in Dublin; again, he was disappointed. Believing the planned rising unlikely to succeed at that stage Casement arranged to be taken by German submarine to Ireland where he hoped to dissuade nationalist leaders from undertaking rebellion for the present.
Consequently he was landed near Tralee in County Kerry on 12 April 1916. Twelve days later he was arrested by the British, taken to London, and charged with treason.
Sir Roger Casement: Character Assignation
At about this time copies of a diary (the ‘Black Diary’) reputed to be written by Casement were circulated among government officials, detailing alleged homosexual practices. Although clearly an attempt by the British to discredit Casement the diaries’ authenticity was verified by an independent panel of scholars in 1959 and, more recently, in 2002. With an appeal dismissed Casement was taken to Pentonville Prison in London where he was hanged on 3 August 1916.
“The great paradox in Casement’s life is that he is both a traitor and a hero. He continues to live in this no man’s land of history, claimed by no one” – Angus Mitchell.
In 1965 Casement’s remains were returned to Dublin and afforded a state funeral; they were then re-interred in Dublin.
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.