The thought of artistic inheritance goes way back in our family. My great-grandfather Thomas Fitzpatrick ran and illustrated a publication called “The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly”. For the publication of the book “Thomas Fitzpatrick and ‘The Lepracaun Cartoon Monthly’, 1905–1915” the authors asked Dad and I to get involved. For this, Dad wrote the introduction and I illustrated my own take on the original cover from 1905.
Looking at the history of 1905, the possible political and historical motivations behind Thomas’ illustration, it is surprising how little has changed. Ireland is still recovering from financial catastrophe, almost as if nothing had happened, merrily led gently down the stream by crooked politicians, all under the watchful eye of the European Parlament and Angela Merkel.