Constance Bushe and mackerel salting in nineteenth-century west Cork

Constance Bushe (c.1843-1922) is a scarcely remembered artist from Castletownshend on the west Cork coast in Ireland. Among her watercolours is this depiction of members of her local fishing community salting mackerel on the seashore in the 1870s.

I have a short piece on this painting in the current issue of History Ireland (January/February 2024).

The online version can be found here://