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Drawing of the actress Elizabeth Young by “Ben Bay” (Benjamin T
Bailey), in the title role of the play Deirdre by George Russell (who
wrote under the name “AE”).
AE was an important figure amongst the writers and artists of the
Celtic Revival. Like many writers and artists during that period and
since, AE drew inspiration from Ireland's mythological texts. The
poetic play Deirdre recounts the story of the most beautiful woman in
Ulster, Deirdre of the Sorrows