For Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1: Carla King on the friendship between Land League founder Michael Davitt, and artist Sarah Purser - listen to Portraits and Pancakes above.

On 2 February 1894, Michael Davitt replied to an invitation from the artist, Sarah Purser:

I have successfully resisted many temptations in my time – testimonials, political blarney, artists and interviewers but I could never fight successfully against the corrupting argument of Pancakes!!. Look out therefore on Tuesday for two of us – Michael secundus and myself – if the day is fine", adding that if wet or cold, he would not be allowed by 'Herself' to take him out.

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday mornings at 9.10 am - listen back here.