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Death Mask of William Murphy - Murphy Riots

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1983F251
Collection:Social History
Date:1872 - 1872

Notes

William Murphy was a most contraversial figure in Britain in the late 1860s. An employee of the Protestant Electoral Union, he delivered a mixture of anti-Irish and anti-Catholic sermons to predominantly working class audiences in Birmingham and various other towns visited by his entourage.To fellow Protestants, Murphy was a public hero, defender of the faith, and a messenger of truth; to the Catholic population, especially the Irish, however, he was a rabble-rouser, a liar and an apostate.His outspoken sermons led to the anti-Irish Murphy Riots of June 1867, the most serious religious disorder of the entire Victorian period, which caused extensive harm to property and people, as well as to community relations.

Presented by Ernest Smith, 1920.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Cast.
Material(s):Plaster
Place of Origin:England

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Dimensions

Height:22.5 cm
Width:14.7 cm
Depth:7 cm