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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vols. I–V: American
 
What’s in a Name?
By Richard Kendall Munkittrick (1853–1911)
 
IN letters large upon a frame,
  That visitors might see,
The painter placed his humble name:
  O’Callaghan McGee.
 
And from Beersheba unto Dan,        5
  The critics with a nod
Exclaimed: “This painting Irishman
  Adores his native sod.
 
“His stout heart’s patriotic flame
  There’s naught on earth can quell;        10
He takes no wild romantic name
  To make his pictures sell!”
 
Then poets praised in sonnets neat
  His stroke so bold and free;
No parlor wall was thought complete        15
  That hadn’t a McGee.
 
All patriots before McGee
  Threw lavishly their gold;
His works in the Academy
  Were very quickly sold.        20
 
His “Digging Clams at Barnegat,”
  His “When the Morning Smiled,”
His “Seven Miles from Ararat,”
  His “Portrait of a Child,”
 
Were purchased in a single day        25
  And lauded as divine.
*        *        *        *        *
That night as in his atelier
  The artist sipped his wine,
 
And looked upon his gilded frames,
  He grinned from ear to ear:        30
“They little think my real name’s
  V. Stuyvesant De Vere!”
 
 
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