Mary Grant (1831-1908)
Plaster cast of bust, 29 1/2 in. (749 mm) high
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Mary Grant had achieved a reputation for her portrait busts. The bronze bust of the charismatic Parnell was the last piece she showed at the Royal Academy, having exhibited there regularly since 1870 (Spielmann 161). Parnell was one of the great leaders in the drive for Irish Home Rule. Posthumously, "[h]e was enveloped in a kind of mystique usually reserved in Ireland for the martyred dead" (Boyce and O'Day 1).
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