LEX [Richard Thomas Moynan (1856-1906)]


LEX [Richard Thomas Moynan (1856–1906)], 'Parnell’s last plunge', The Union, 25 August 1888. National Library of Ireland

 

Moynan attended the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art before progressing to the RHA schools in 1882. In 1883, he travelled abroad and studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux Arts in Antwerp and later the Académie Julian in Paris. In 1886, he returned to Dublin and exhibited annually at the RHA. In April 1887, he began to create illustrations for The Union newspaper, under the name ‘Lex’ (Latin for law). His drawings were initially distributed free with the newspaper but from August 1888 they were printed on the front page. His illustrations dealt with the political events of the late nineteenth century and criticised Irish nationalism and the campaign for land reform and Home Rule.


On display in the exhibition:

• 'Cunning O’Connor’s parliamentary puppets'. Published in The Union, 23 July 1887. National Library of Ireland.
• 'The new Gladstone band'. Published in The Union, 10 September 1887. National Library of Ireland.
• 'Birds of a feather'. Published in The Union, 26 November 1887. National Library of Ireland.
• 'When Gael meets Gael'. Published in The Union, 10 December 1887. National Library of Ireland.
• 'Strange bedfellows'. Published in The Union, 11 February 1888. National Library of Ireland.
• 'The tide is fast rising, and will soon cause the “uncrowned king” to take a plunge'. Published in The Union, 21 July 1888. National Library of Ireland.
• 'Parnell’s last plunge'. Published in The Union, 25 August 1888. National Library of Ireland.
• 'Defeated'. Published in The Union, 8 December 1888. National Library of Ireland.