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"Emigrant Letter, Dear Eleanor"

Date
1974
Artist/Maker
Flanagan, T.P.
Technique
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Width: 55.9cm
Height: 76.2cm
Caption
The Emigrant Letter series interink art with the expression of grief. The Emigrant Letters were painted after T.P. Flanagan returned from a sabbatical in New York. The works are inspired by letters from people who had emigrated to America, many in search of a better life. The imagery of the handwritten letter, overlaid with symbolic artefacts such as the open purse, represent a sense of yearning and loss. The artist said of them: ‘It is impossible not be moved by a kind of poignant naivete in so many of them. Written by people mostly unaccustomed to writing, or often by others on their behalf, their traditional phraseology stands in for feelings of raw grief.’
Credit
Purchase supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Art Fund and the Friends of Fermanagh County Museum
Copyright
The Artist's Estate
Object number
FCM_2020_292