Robert Emmet Leads His Men to Battle, 1803

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Robert Emmet was born in Dublin in 1778. His short, dramatic life came to a tragic end on 20th September, 1803. However, although his life was short and his struggle in vain, his efforts, vision and idealism left a mythic mark on Irish and world history.

After leading an abortive rebellion against British rule in 1803 he was captured then tried and executed for high treason against the British King George. This rare print shows him leading his men, sword in hand with an 'Erin Go Bragh' flag flying behind. 

Nothing strikes fear and terror into the heart of man than the prospect of being hung, drawn and quartered. But this barbaric sentence was handed down to Robert Emmet as he stood in the dock convicted of treason. He knew too well the gruesome fate which awaited him, yet he never flinched. Holding his composure and being an accomplished orator he delivered his speech from the dock, the likes of which has not been heard before or since. He held the court in a mighty verbal grip and finally folding his arms he concluded with these words: "When my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done”. 

The following day Robert was hung, drawn and quartered on Thomas Street here in Dublin. His noble character and his famous speech from the dock will never be forgotten. 

Dimensions: 16” X 10” approx.

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