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The Tara Brooch

Summary:Black and white lithographic print with heading "The Tara Brooch" at top of sheet. Featuring two images of the Tara Brooch - a detail of the front and a detail of the back. The brooch was supposedly found on the beach at Bettystown, Co. Meath in August 1850 by a woman (or her sons) who claimed to have found it in a box buried in the sand; however many thought it was found inland and that the woman claimed it was found on the beach at Bettystown to avoid a legal claim by the landowner whose land it was found on. It was sold to a dealer who in turn sold it to Dublin jeweller George Waterhouse - it is he who renamed it the "Tara Brooch". It was used as the centre of displays of Waterhouse's own imitations of Celtic brooches available for sale in his Dublin shop - he also exhibited it at the 'Works of Industry of all Nations' [also known as 'The Great Exhibition' and sometimes referred to as 'The Crystal Palace Exhibition' in London (1 May - 11 October, 1851) and the 'Exposition Universelle des produits de l'Agriculture, de l'Industrie et des Beaux-Arts de Paris 1855' (15 May to 15 November 1855), as well as the Great Industrial Exhibition, Dublin (12 May to 31 October 1853); Queen Victoria accompanied by Albert, the Prince Consort and the Prince of Wales [later Edward VII], paid an official visit to the Great Industrial Exhibition, Dublin on 29 August 1853.
Published / Created: [n.d., post 1850].
Notes:Physical description: 1 lithographic print : b&w ill. ; sheet 25.8 x 34 cm.
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