In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, I give you some carto-caricatures of Ireland, starting with some historical comic maps:
The following are variations on “Geography bewitched! or, a droll caricature map of Ireland” from 1793:
The next three draw clear links between England and Ireland:
The following three address abortion in Ireland versus Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom:
Here are some other maps on topic:
There are more map cartoons of Ireland at:
It seems that bad upstairs neighbo(u)rs are a common trope:
For more cartoons, see:
– Apparently, the American Irish Historical Society recently hosted an exhibit entitled “Island: Drawing Conclusions Mapping the Irish,” but I can’t find any more information about it! If anyone has details, I’d be interested in learning more.
Past St. Pat’s posts on this blog:
Interested parties might also like to check out:
– “Mapping Ireland and the Irish,” a 2014 review essay in Cartographica by Patrick J. Murray.
– Historical Geography volume 42 (2014) on the topic of “Irish Historical Geographies: Colonial Context and Postcolonial Legacies.”
– “Unique 17th-Century Map Collection provides greater Understanding of Turbulent Irish History” by Irish Abroad, 31 May 2013 (via Dr. Cookie / GC – thanks!).