Carte de visite (CDV) vignette portrait of the Irish politician, Orangeman, and Orange Order member amid the emblems of the Orange Order lodge.
Ballymena: J. Camlin, Photographic Artist, 17, Wellington St. (1875). Albumen print measuring 3.75 x 2.38 inches on a slightly larger plain mount, with a few hand-tinted highlights in red ink. Camlin backstamp. Copyright date of 1875 printed in the image. Some light soiling and wear; in very good condition. Item #20710
Orange political propaganda: under the legend “the Ballykilbeg Star,” a portrait of the Irish M.P. Johnston (1829-1902) amid a panoply of mystic Protestant and Orange symbols. The DNB notes, “He was an enthusiastic but unrecognized novelist, who specialized in melodramatic tales of Anglican maidens and vulpine Jesuits: the most successful of his four tendentious works of fiction was Nightshade: a Novel, published in 1858,” noting further that he rose to prominence after being imprisoned in 1867 for staging massive political rallies in defiance of the Party Processions Act.