William Connor Magee

Via Flickr:Original Vanity Fair Print, otherwise known as a Spy Print after the most renowned artist of the genre, Leslie Ward.

This colour lithograph is dated July 3rd 1869 with the caption If eloquence could justify…….

The subject is William Connor Magee, Bishop Of Peterborough, a renowned member of the Clergy of the Victorian Era.

source Wikipedia – He was born in Cork, Ireland. His father was a minor canon of St Fin Barre’s cathedral, Cork and a curate of the parish attached to the Anglican cathedral; his grandfather was Archbishop of Dublin. Young Magee entered Trinity College, Dublin with a scholarship at thirteen. He was ordained in 1844 to the curacy of St Thomas’s, Dublin, but, being threatened with tuberculosis, went after two years to Málaga, Spain. On his return he took a curacy at Bath, England (1849–1851) and was soon appointed to the Octagon Chapel (1851–1860), where his fame both as preacher and platform speaker continued to spread. Some years afterwards he was made prebendary of Wells Cathedral. In 1860, poor health caused him to accept the living of Enniskillen, Ireland. In 1864 he was made Dean of Cork and in 1866, additionally, Dean of the Chapel Royal, Dublin Castle, and a chaplain to the Lord Lieutenant. Here he showed those great gifts which ultimately raised him to high office; a powerful grasp of mental, moral and political problems, combined with eloquence of a high order, illuminated with brilliant flashes of wit.

The artist signed APE was Carlo Pellegrini.

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