John Derricke (fl. 1578–1581) was the writer and artist of The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne, a book published in 1581 documenting Sir Henry Sidney's campaigns in Ireland as Queen Elizabeth I's Lord Deputy.
The book is a strong defence of Sidney's deputyship and his victories over the Irish. It begins with a long poem, giving a genealogical history of the Irish people and the English monarchy, justifying the right of the English to rule Ireland, and describing the conflicts between Sidney's forces and the Irish "woodkarne", landless guerrilla fighters who emerged from their mountain and forest retreats to plunder English settlements.
There follows a sequence of twelve double-page woodcut illustrations, with accompanying verse narration and occasional captions and speech, telling the story of the subjugation of the Irish woodkarne rebels, complete with hostile commentary on Irish customs, religious practice and even dress, ending with the submission of Turlough Luineach Ó Neill, king of Tyrone, in 1578.
The copy held in Edinburgh University Library is the only surviving complete copy, including all twelve woodcut illustrations.
This image is of Plate 3, probably the most famous plate of the set, which shows the chief of the Mac Sweynes seated at dinner and being entertained by a bard and a harper.
There is an interesting detail on the right of the image, where two guests are mooning the bard and have inscriptions that read: Aspice spectator sic me docuere parentes ("This is how my parents taught me to behave as a spectator") and Me quoque maiores omnes virtute carentes ("All older people lacking in goodness taught me the same").
The Image of Irelande, with a Discoverie of Woodkarne, Sir Henry Sidney, The Feast of the Mac Sweynes, Woodcut