William Wall has published four novels, three collections of poetry and one of short fiction. His 2005 novel This Is the Country was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. His most recent book is Ghost Estate, a collection of poetry.

Photographer: Harry Moore


An Allegory, 1924 

Keating painted An Allegory during a time of civil war in Ireland. The scene is set in the grounds of a large country house which has been attacked as a perceived emblem of British oppression. The figures represent the various types of people caught up in the turmoil - soldiers, clergymen, businessmen, innocent bystanders. Men from opposing sides of the conflict bury a tricolour-covered coffin. Keating, a former Republican, modelled the man slumped on the ground on himself. The inclusion of this self-portrait reinforces his expression of disillusionment in current events.

Sean Keating (1889-1977)

Oil on canvas | Presented, Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, 1952 | NGI.1236
© Estate of Sean Keating/IVARO, 2014