Shemus Cartoon Collection
Collection of original cartoons (mainly political) for the Freeman's Journal and Weekly Freeman by artist Ernest Forbes, pen name 'Shemus'. Period of publication 1920-1924. Includes also 23 pen & ink drawings signed by 'Cormac' (other pen name of same artist)and various clippings and lithographic prints. Includes some of the portrait caricatures from the "Snapped by Shemus" series, published by the Freeman's Journal, February-July 1923. The collection represents over three-quarters of the total of his drawings published by the Freeman's Journal. An additional 30 items in the collection appear to be unpublished.
|Main Author:||Forbes, Ernest, 1879-1962|
between 1920 and 1924.
See also PD 4319 TX for additionals drawings from the "Snapped by Shemus" series, published February-July 1923.
Terror and discord: the Shemus cartoons in the Freeman's Journal, 1920-1924 by Felix M. Larkin. Dublin: A&A Farmar, 2009.
The reign of terror: the Freeman's Journal 1920-1921 by Shemus. Dublin: Freeman's Journal, 1922.
Physical description: c.280 items: b&w pen and ink drawings with blue/black crayon shading, watercolours, lithographs, clippings.
Organised chronologically in 7 boxes: I. Folders 1-4, drawings published from 28 Jan. 1920 to 30 Sept. 1920; II. Folders 5-8, 02 Oct. 1920 (Freeman's Journal)/09 Oct. 1920 (Weekly Freeman) to 25 May 1921; III. Folders 9-12, 28 May 1921 to 22 Apr. 1922; IV. Folders 13-16, 25 Apr. 1922 to 21 Oct. 1922; V. Folders 17-20, 25 Oct. 1922 (F.J.)/28 Oct. 1922 (W.F.) to 26 Apr. 1923 (F.J.)/5 May 1923 (W.F.); VI. Folders 21-24, 3 May 1923 to 19 Nov. 1923 (F.J.)/24 Nov. 1923 (W.F.); VII. Miscellaneous materials including prints, newspaper printouts and original drawings signed Cormac/Shemus, not matched with newspapers' publications.