Sixty-five portraits of Irish Members of Parliament from twenty-one counties of Ireland appear in the O’Donohoe Archive. They were drawn in 1888 by artist Sydney Prior Hall during the Special Commission.
Hall, like his colleague William Henry Pike (1850-1908), worked as an artist for the Graphic newspaper.
Hall’s portraits of Irish nationalists provide a rare glimpse of the men who carried the vision of an independent Irish nation in their hearts. His gallery, reproduced here, has been ordered by the county associated with the MP’s birth.
Derry & Down
Fermanagh, Galway & Laois
Longford, Monaghan & Offaly
Roscommon & Sligo
 O’Donohoe Reference IE MOD/C58. Illustrations of Thomas O’Hanlon MP (1837-1897) and of Bernard Charles Molloy MP (1842-1916) drawn in 1885 also held in this series of the O’Donohoe Archive (IE MOD/C58).  Hall’s depiction of a scene from the Special Commission is held in the National Gallery of Ireland http://onlinecollection.nationalgallery.ie/people/1111/sydney-prior-hall;jsessionid=CE13293ACC7D61AF14A901C4AF220925/objects.  Artist Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922) was the son of artist Harry Hall. He married first to Hannah Holland and had Henry Reginald Holland Hall (1873-1930), Egyptologist. He married secondly, 4th August 1906, to artist Mary Lightbody Gow (1851-1929), daughter of artist James Gow. Henry Reginald Holland Hall died on 13 October 1930. Probate to Patrick Martin Hall, son of Ernest Hall and Amelia Kirton Dawson. My thanks to Marie Huxtable Wilson, Tralee, for genealogical research of above. Biography at https://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/sydney-prior-hall.  IE MOD/C58. Also in this series is held a number of pencil portraits of members of the Metropolitan Board of Works in 1888, the year in which it was abolished by act of parliament. Portraits include chairman James McGarel-Hogg, Lord Magheramorne, son of Sir James Weir Hogg; William Shepherd, Bermondsey; Colonel Donald Munro, Whitechapel; John Runtz, Hackney; Robert Grant Webster MP, St George, Hanover Square; William James Wetenhall, St Pancras; Guildford Barker Richardson, Greenwich; Thomas Morrison Fairclough, St George-in-the-East; William Debenham, St Marylebone; John Robert Jolly JP, Woolwich; Philip Pethick Perry, Fulham; Alexander Hawkes, St George, Southwark; Theophilus William Williams, Lewisham; Edwin Lawrence, Shoreditch; John Bonthron, St James Westminster; John Abbott, Limehouse; Jubal Webb, Kensington; John Edwin Bradfield, Islington; George Hill, Lambeth; Henry Harben, Hampstead; William Boutcher, Kensington; John Spencer Plummer Furlong, Islington; Samuel Price, Islington; Frederick George Baker, St Pancras; Thomas Francis Rider, St Saviour, Southwark; George Pitney Meaden, Wandsworth; William Robson, Clerkenwell; William Burnham Garrett, City of London; John Lenanton, Poplar; Frederick Cox, Hackney; William Robbins Selway, Newington; George Edwards, St Marylebone; Edward Rider Cook, Poplar; Peter William Funnell, Lambeth; William Urquhart, Paddington; George Berry, St Luke Middlesex; William Andrews, Greenwich; Colonel Edwin Hughes MP, Plumstead; Thomas George Fardell, Paddington; Alfred Ewin, Bethnal Green; John Jones, Strand; Henry Cushen, Mile End Old Town; Major Frederick Moore Wenborn, Shoreditch; George Phillips, Holborn; Charles Mossop, Chelsea; Andrew Cameron, Wandsworth; Francis Hayman Fowler, Lambeth; William Henry Hewitt, St Giles; George James, St Martin-in-the-Fields; Hon Alan de Tatton Egerton MP, St George, Hanover Square; Benjamin Weir, Wandsworth; Edward Dresser Rogers, Camberwell.  Innisfallen Hotel Killarney, formerly the Kenmare Arms, was located at 31 Main Street, near Kenmare Place/Bank Place. Mrs Mary Sheehan died in 1906, at which time it was remarked that ‘Mrs Sheehan of the Innisfallen Hotel, whose husband, Mr Jeremiah D Sheehan, was foremost in every national movement in the district, possessed many excellent qualities of head and heart, and her kindness and generosity to the poor and her employees were observed in a marked manner.’ The hotel was sold in the 1920s.  Michael Conway was born in Leeds, son of Edward Conway of Sligo. Founder of Conway’s Civil Service School at 20 East 42nd Street, New York where he worked for about 18 years. Michael Conway returned to Blackburn about three months before his death; he was buried in Pleasington cemetery, Blackburn, Lancs. With thanks to Marie Huxtable Wilson, Tralee, for genealogical research.