London: Illustrated News of the World, 1890. Original broadside print (measuring 23 by 16 inches), custom mounted on tabs in a black window mat. Folding crease across center sheet, else Fine. Item #1011
"THEN LORD, IN THY MERCY, GRANT US A SAFE LODGING, A HOLY REST, AND PEACE AT THE LAST"
Requiem portrait of John Henry Newman—a large likeness published in London on the public news of the Cardinal's death in August 1890. Originally printed as an inserted "Supplement to the Illustrated News of the World, Aug. 30, 1890," this print has been fitted with a custom black cardboard window mat and is ready for framing.
The portrait was an engraved reproduction, signed in the plate, "from a Photography by Barraud, 263, Oxford Street." This head-and-shoulders view of the Cardinal, dressed in characteristic simple garb (within a single black border measuring 17 by 13 1/4 inches), is captioned: "Born, Feb. 21, 1801 / Died, Aug. 11, 1890,"
Newman was in decline in the last years. "Although he remained mentally and intellectually active to the end of his life, from September 1886 when he was ill for a period, he became by stages physically weaker. His eyesight deteriorated, he kept falling, and his hands would not allow him to write without the greatest discomfort: increasingly he had to dictate his letters" (Brian Martin). An Oratorian caretaker was by Newman's side for over a decade: "Father William Neville who had looked after him in his last years, who had been his constant companion, and acted as his amanuensis, described his end. On the evening of 9 August Newman entered his room. Neville had heard his footsteps, 'slow yet firm and elastic:' his bearing was 'unbent, erect to the full height of his best days in the fifties; he was without support of any kind. His whole carriage was, it may be said, soldier-like, and so dignified; and his countenance was most attractive to look at; even great age seemed to have gone from his face, and with it all careworn signs" (Brian Martin).
John Henry Newman was canonized in 2019. "Today he is remembered as one who struggled to keep the mind of the church open to what was good and valuable in the modern world. His understanding of the historicity of doctrine, his defense of the laity, his non-Scholastic approach to theology, his spirit of tolerance, his belief in the separation of church and state, his appreciation for the spiritual integrity of the intellectual life, and his celebration of the rights of conscience—all these values are consonant with the modern Catholic sensibility. They were not so in the nineteenth century" (Robert Ellsberg). Martin. John Henry Newman: His Life and Work; Ellsberg. All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time.
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