‘Obedientia Civium Urbis Felicitas’
Sir Henry Sidney’s return to Dublin as depicted in Derricke’s Image of Irelande
in John Derricke’s The Image of Irelande: with a Discoverie of Woodkarne
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In addition to depicting Henry Sidney’s continued state building and reform of Irish political and administrative systems, this chapter argues that the Image also represents Sidney’s desire to promote the ceremonial aspects of the viceroy’s role, especially the newly established herald’s office. In such depictions, Derricke presents Sidney as the embodiment of vice-regal power in stark contrast to his depictions of the uncivilised Irish. And he does so especially in the various visualisations of the woodcuts, which illustrate civic imagery, civic iconography and state regalia. This chapter thoroughly analyses Plates 10 and 11 for these civic images, highlighting the role of heralds and aldermen in Sidney’s military and diplomatic achievements. Moreover, this chapter considers the distinction and overlap between English and Irish symbols in these plates.

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