Postcard

Description:

A postcard of a painting by Irish artist John Carey, subject 'The Ould Irish Jig'. One of a number of studies for early 1900s postcards depicting scenes of rural Ireland and Irish people, for the tourist market. This scene shows a couple in the foreground dancing a jig of sorts. The text below the image reads ' Then a fig for the new fangled waltzes, Imported from Spain and from France, And a fig for the thing called the polka, Our own Irish jig we will dance'. The text reflects the influence of the Gaelic League at the time in promoting Irish folk dancing as distinct from other European dance styles. One of a number of sketches and watercolours by John Carey in the collections of The Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.