Miscellaneous drawings: The Parnell Commission, Members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons by Sydney Prior Hall, circa 1886-1903
These drawings, include preparatory sketches made for The Graphic, recording the proceedings of the Parnell Commission. The Commission was set up in 1888 to investigate accusations against the leader of the Irish nationalists, Charles Stewart Parnell by The Times, who had published a fascimile letter in 1887 purportedly signed by Parnell and approving of assassinations carried out in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Not less than 450 witnesses answered almost 100,000 questions during the proceedings that lasted 14 months. A Dublin journalist confessed to having forged the incriminating letter.