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In 1920, the Government of Ireland Act was passed by Parliament. Aspects of the Act relating to Northern Ireland came into effect on 3rd May 1921.


To mark the centenary of the commencement of this highly significant Act, we have selected a number of artworks from our collection. The Parliamentary Art Collection documents the history, people and buildings of Parliament, reflecting key moments in UK history.


This selection ranges from large group portraits of the House of Lords debating Irish Home Rule, to beautiful Northern Irish landscapes.


You can read more about the Government of Ireland Act on Parliament's website: https://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/evolutionofparliament/legislativescrutiny/parliamentandireland/

15 artworks
The Home Rule Debate in House of Lords, 1893, Lord Chancellor about to Put the Question
Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

The Home Rule Debate in House of Lords, 1893, Lord Chancellor about to Put the Question

Dickinson (active 1890–1910) and Foster (active 1890–1910)

Oil on canvas

H 205.8 x W 365.8 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

The Home Rule Debate in House of Lords, 1893, Gladstone's Second Bill Rejected, Marquess of Salisbury Speaking
Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

The Home Rule Debate in House of Lords, 1893, Gladstone's Second Bill Rejected, Marquess of Salisbury Speaking

Dickinson (active 1890–1910) and Foster (active 1890–1910)

Oil on canvas

H 205.8 x W 365.8 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Irish House of Commons, 1914, The Men who Made Home Rule
Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Irish House of Commons, 1914, The Men who Made Home Rule c.1914

William Drummond Young (1855–1924)

Oil on canvas

H 137.2 x W 228.6 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–1891), Irish Patriot
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Charles Stewart Parnell (1846–1891), Irish Patriot

Yann Renard-Goulet (1914–1999)

Bronze

Parliamentary Art Collection

John Edward Redmond (1856–1918), Leader of Irish Nationalist Party
Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

John Edward Redmond (1856–1918), Leader of Irish Nationalist Party 1910

Francis William Doyle Jones (1873–1938)

Bronze

Parliamentary Art Collection

Reverend Dr Ian Paisley (1926–2014), MP
© Parliamentary Art Collection. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Reverend Dr Ian Paisley (1926–2014), MP 2008

Mark Shields (b.1963)

Oil on canvas

H 105.6 x W 86 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Sir Edward Carson (1854–1935), Lord Carson of Duncairn
© the artist. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Sir Edward Carson (1854–1935), Lord Carson of Duncairn

Ross Wilson (b.1958)

Parliamentary Art Collection

Devenish Island, Fermanagh
© the artist. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Devenish Island, Fermanagh 2004

R. J. Brian Coulter (b.1957)

Acrylic on board

H 59.4 x W 42 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Enniskillen, Fermanagh
© the artist. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Enniskillen, Fermanagh 2004

R. J. Brian Coulter (b.1957)

Acrylic on board

H 59.4 x W 48.8 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Beaghmore, Tyrone
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Beaghmore, Tyrone 2004

Jasper McKinney (b.1961)

Acrylic on board

H 59.4 x W 42 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Beaghmore, Tyrone
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Beaghmore, Tyrone 2004

Jasper McKinney (b.1961)

Acrylic on board

H 59.4 x W 42 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Beaghmore, Tyrone
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Beaghmore, Tyrone 2004

Jasper McKinney (b.1961)

Acrylic on board

H 59.4 x W 42 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Stacking Turf, Black Bog, County Tyrone
© the artist. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection

Stacking Turf, Black Bog, County Tyrone 2004

John Stanley Haggan (b.1946)

Acrylic on paper

H 59.4 x W 84.1 cm

Parliamentary Art Collection

Political Posters, Ardoyne Roundabout, Belfast, 2 May 2010, Belfast North Constituency
© the artist. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection WOA 7152

Political Posters, Ardoyne Roundabout, Belfast, 2 May 2010, Belfast North Constituency 2010

Simon Roberts (b.1974)

Parliamentary Art Collection

Ian Paisley Junior, Democratic Unionist Party, Portglenone, 3 May 2010, North Antrim Constituency
© the artist. Photo credit: Parliamentary Art Collection WOA 7153