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Title The papers of John Millington Synge; photographs
Creation Dates 1891-1909.
Extent And Medium 39 items.
Level Of Description Sub-section
Author Synge, J. M.(John Millington),1871-1909.
Admin Biographical History John Millington Synge, playwright, poet, prose writer and collector of folklore, was born on 16 April 1871 in Rathfarnham, County Dublin. He studied Irish and Hebrew in Trinity College. He was also an excellent musician. With William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory and others he helped to establish the Irish National Theatre Society (later the Abbey Theatre).
Synge's first visit to the Aran Islands took place in 1898, and he spent the following five summers there, collecting stories and folklore and perfecting his Irish. During this period he wrote his first play When the Moon has Set. He also produced a book called The Aran Islands in 1900, based upon his experiences there. In 1902 he wrote the first versions of three of his six plays: Riders to the Sea, In the Shadow of the Glen, and The Tinker's Wedding. He paid his first visit to Kerry in September 1903. This provided inspiration for some of his later works, including The Playboy of the Western World, which he began writing in the Autumn of 1904. The first production of this play caused riots in the Abbey Theatre in 1907.
In 1907 he became engaged to actor Molly Allgood (Maire O Neill); two years later, on 24 March 1909, he succumbed to cancer .
Scope And Content
/-2 2 B&W three-quarter length portraits of Synge, looking to his left. By Chancellor, Dublin.105x165mm and 158x206mm (mounted on card)
/3 B&W three quarter length profile portrait of Synge, seated, arms folded, looking to his right. By Keogh. 97x139mm
/4 B&W three quarter length profile portrait of Synge, seated, arms folded, looking to the front.[By Keogh]. 202x241mm (mounted).
/5 reproduction of /3 above. 130x191.
/6-17 images from Paris (c. 52x38 - 600x400mm): 'Prof Baret - Sorbonne' showing a lecture in progress, '[Room[ 47 Hotel Corneille' showing an interior with curtained bed & writing table, a street scene with two men facing camera, street scene showing second-hand book shop, street scene showing customers at a covered book market, interior of La Madelaine, outdoor scene showing woman riding bicycle against a backdrop of trees, 'premiere communiants' showing two women in white dress, park scene showing boating with the Eiffel Tower faintly visible, unidentified structure, park scene with woam carrying ubrella pssibly feeding bird, unidentified church.
/18-27 Photographs taken by Synge (kept in a McAdams Chemists envelope), most of which have been published in My Wallet of Photographs: an islander with a wooden bucket (Synge negative 28), a man threashing (Synge negative 30), a man and a boy with a horse (Synge negative 32); the front of the MacDonagh cottage showing woman, child and pig, (Synge negative 37), two women drying kelp (Synge negative 40), a curragh being pulled onto the pier at Inishman (Synge negative 42), a man watching a currach and a horse in the water (Synge negative 44), two men with fishing nets (Synge negative 45), a group scene, with a weighing machine, possibly in Wicklow, a possibly staged courtship/evesdropping scene possibly including Molly Allgood.
/28/1-12 Negatives (4) and prints (8) possibly of Uplands, Annamoe, Co Wicklow. Two show two men covering a rick of hay.
/29 copy of a portrait of publisher John Quin by Scottish artist James Patterson (1854-1932)
/30-31 two portraits, taken in Paris , one unidentified and one, dated 1899, signed in German 'Klebba'.
/32 Postcard advertising the production of the play Kincora, by Lady Gregory, in the Abbey Theatre. The picture is from a production of Spreading the News, by the same author, produced in 1904
/33-5 Postcards depicting works of Giotto from Capella degli Scrovegni all'Arena, Padua
/36 B&W image of ?River Seine at ?Coblenz
/37 L'Arch de Triomphe
/38 Presscutting of a caricature of G.K.Chesterton by Max Beerbohm. A note accompanying it [?hand] says 'This picture ... appears to be the one referred to in J.M.Synge's letter to Stephen MacKenna June 1904 and had probably [been] sent by Mac Kenna to Synge'.
/39 Presscutting of unidentified male.
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Related Material MS 11332 prints of images taken by Synge and published by L.Stephens in My Wallet of Photographs.
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