Volunteer banner by Unknown Artist

The Volunteer movement began in 1778, initially as a largely Protestant movement, in response to the threat of French invasion whilst British forces were occupied in the American Civil War.

Details

Medium:
Silk
Dimensions:
77.5 x 72 cm
Art Fund grant:
£7,500 ( Total: £7,500)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Liam Morrison

It subsequently developed a more radical stance, for example, campaigning for free trade, parliamentary reform and Catholic emancipation. This banner was made for the battalion of the Barony of Strabane whose members were particularly influential in the broader Volunteer movement. Purchased by the Art Fund with the assistance of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Provenance

Private collection; sold at auction; Liam Morrison.

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