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JACK B. YEATS, R.H.A. | The Sea Captain

25,000 - 35,000 GBP
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  • Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
  • The Sea Captain
  • signed l.r.: JACK/ B YEATS
  • watercolour 
  • 10.5 by 19.5cm., 4 by 7½in.
  • Painted in 1906.


Sold at the London exhibition to a private collector, 1906;
Serge Philipson, Dublin;
Mrs. Rachel Philipson-Levy, 1996 


Dublin, Leinster Hall, Sketches of Life in the West of Ireland, 1- 20 October 1906, no.21;
London, Exhibition, July 1906;
New Haven, Yale Center for British Art, America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 25 September 1997 - 4 January 1998; 
Washington, John F. Kennedy Center, Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns, 13 - 28 May 2000, illustrated p.95


Hilary Pyle, Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Dublin 1993, no.593, p.148

Catalogue Note

Jack B. Yeats’s career began as an illustrator and his early work consists of lively, figurative animations and his watercolours are a significant part of his oeuvre. The characters are often portrayed in a heroic manner, inspired by his reading of popular stories and the mythical heroes of folk life and ballads.  Yeats held a longstanding fascination for the sea. As a child he grew up in Sligo, a small town on the edge of the Atlantic, populated by seafaring adventurers. The present work depicts one such character, whose heavily set features and strong gaze masterfully evoke a lifetime of memories that this ancient mariner has spent on the sea.