Oliver St. John Gogarty
Acrylic on handmade paper and newsprint, matted
Gogarty was a medical doctor and a great supporter of the movement for Irish independence in the early decades of the 20th century. He was also a gift writer with a deep historical eye. Named a Senator in the first government of the Irish Free State, he was once kidnapped and held against his will by anti-Free State Irish. He escaped his captors and dove into the River Liffey rescue down river by a herd of swans. In gratitude, Gogarty gifted Dublin with fresh river swans that still today swim its waters. He died later in New York City.