John Dooley Reigh

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John Dooley Reigh (died Manchester, 25 February 1914) was a cartoonist whose work generally supported Irish nationalism. His birthplace is unknown, and little is known of his early life. He first emerged as an artist in Dublin.[1] His cartoons were usually signed J.D. Reigh.

Reigh's work coincided with and celebrated the success of the Irish Parliamentary Party under Charles Stewart Parnell. Reigh's drawings were published in weekly magazines such as "Zoz", "United Ireland" and "The Nation", and were also sold individually as prints.

His own success rested on his ability to render news in a simple format to a receptive public. Using chromolithography allowed colour to be added, making his works more attractive and seen by buyers as modern products. Many of his works, particularly about the 1798 rebellion, are still reprinted as if they were drawn contemporaneously with the subject matter. Some of these are his versions of older paintings.

Many of Reigh's prints can be seen at the National Library of Ireland.[2]


  1. ^ Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists: 20th Century, Merlin Publishing, 2002, p. 422-423
  2. ^ NLI webpages section on cartoons; accessed Dec 2009

External links[edit]


  • Lawrence W. McBride; "Nationalist Constructions of the 1798 Rebellion: The Political Illustrations of J. D. Reigh" (Éire-Ireland Vol. 34, No. 2)