A wood engraving on paper, titled "The Whisky War in Ohio--Ladies Laying Siege to a Drinking Saloon", published 1874 in The Graphic, a periodical addressing issues of its time, by WILLIAM JOHN HENNESSEY (1839-1917). The 10" by 13" work is tastefully framed (14 3/4" by 18 1/4" framed) . It was obtained by a prior owner from the high-end New York bookstore Argosy. Argosy's original sticker and printed information relating to the print remains affixed to the backing. Frame exhibits a little wear at top.
Irish-born Hennessy joined his father John Hennessy in Canada whence he had fled from the British authorities following his involvement with the Young Ireland movement of 1848. Moving with his parents to New York, the young William Hennessy began drawing while still in his early teens, and at 15 attended the National Academy of Design to study fine art painting. In 1857, he first showed at the National Academy in New York, to which he was elected as a full member in 1863. The versatile artist worked in a number of media. See a fine little genre painting by Hennessey in my shop.