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Antique WWI Irish Embroidery Listed for The Connaught Rangers
  • Antique WWI Irish Embroidery Listed for The Connaught Rangers
  • Antique WWI Irish Embroidery Listed for The Connaught Rangers
  • Antique WWI Irish Embroidery Listed for The Connaught Rangers
  • Antique WWI Irish Embroidery Listed for The Connaught Rangers
  • Antique WWI Irish Embroidery Listed for The Connaught Rangers

Antique WWI Irish Embroidery Listed for The Connaught Rangers

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£300.00


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An unusual antique embroidery on silk, entitled: “Listed for The Connaught Rangers’ and dated 1914.

After the original painting by Elizabeth Southerden Thompson Butler (1846–1933), the embroidery portrays a troop of young men, some of them children, walking across a moorland heath. Presumably they have just joined the Connaught Rangers and are to be sent to some distant part of the Empire.

The faces of the soldiers and sky in the background look to have been finished in watercolour paint. The embroidery is signed with the initials ‘MC’ and the date ‘1914.’

According to the Bury Art Museum (where the original resides), “The artist married Major William Butler in 1877 and went on honeymoon to the west of Ireland. This recruiting scene with its superb stretch of Irish landscape in the background was painted shortly afterwards.”

The 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers) were raised in 1793 by the 13th Earl of Clanricard, to combat the threat of invasion from Revolutionary France.  

They fought in Argentina, Egypt and the Netherlands before their deployment in Spain for The Peninsular Wars. At the Battle of Bussaco, the Duke of Wellington is said to have turned to their commanding officer John Wallace to tell him: “Wallace, I never saw a more gallant charge than that just now made by your regiment.”

Two years into the War of 1812, the rangers were posted to Canada, but arrived too late to partake in the hostilities. Their bravery in the Crimean War is commemorated in the two large Russian cannons that were presented to the City of Galway. They were in India during the rebellion of 1857 and in South Africa during the Xhosa and Zulu Wars of the late 1870s.

With the Cardwell reforms of 1879, they amalgamated with the 94th Regiment of Foot and played a part in the smaller conflicts of the Victorian Period. They fought in South Africa in the Second Boer War. In the twentieth century, they were stationed in Europe: on the Western Front during the First World War and in Ireland during the Civil War of 1919. The regiment was disbanded with the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922.

The condition is very good, having been mounted and framed in an attractive gilt frame.

Size of Frame: 32 x 25.3 x 2.5cm (12½ x 10”)
Size of Picture: 23 x 16.7cm (9 x 6½”)
Weight: 926g

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