Pádraic Mac Piarais
Iosagán agus Sgealta Eile
Connradh na Gaedhilge, Dublin (n.d.).
Binding: 10.5 x 16 x 1cm. Paperback, with colour illustrations by Beatrice Elvery.
Patrick Pearse (1879-1916) published Iosagán [Little Jesus] in 1907, and rewrote it as a play in 1910. This story was part of a self-conscious attempt to establish a prose style based in spoken rather than archaic, literary Gaelic, and in it Pearse explores the child’s world. Beatrice Elvery’s (1881-1970) pen and watercolour illustrations reflect the Art Nouveau aesthetic, and are similar in feel to many of Jack B. Yeats’ illustrations of the period. She was an Irish painter and stained-glass artist, and with her husband, Charles Campbell, 2nd Baron Glenavy, she moved in the highest literary circles including Shaw, Yeats, D. H. Lawrence and Katherine Mansfield.