Michael Joseph Healy (Dublin 1873 - 1941 Dublin)
A cabman, c.1920s
Ink on paper
‘There was a good deal of confused talk, and then Mr Browne got into the cab. The cabman settled the rug on his knees, and bent down for the address. […] “Make like a bird for Trinity College”. “Yes Sir” said the cabman. The horse was whipped up and the cab rattled off along the quay amid a chorus of laughter and adieus.’
The Dead, p.234*
Michael Joseph Healy was a Dubliner born and bred. His grandfather, Peter Healy worked as a Dublin cabman. As a child Healy spent his pocket money on pencils and drew incessantly. In later life he worked in An Túr Gloine, the stained glass workshop, founded by Sarah Purser, designing windows for churches all around the country. As an artist, he was fascinated by his fellow Dubliners who appear in hundreds of the informal sketches he made on the streets of the city.
*Please note: page numbers cited in the labels refer to The O’Brien Press 2012 edition of Dubliners by James Joyce, published to coincide with the ‘One City, One Book’ festival 2012. This edition is for sale in the NGI Shop.
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