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Yeats: The Family Collection

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John Butler Yeats
1839 - 1922
"SOLD BY THE IRISH PLAYERS AT $1.00 TOWARDS A BUILDING TO SAVE SIR HUGH LANE'S GREAT GIFT OF PICTURES FOR IRELAND APRIL 1913"
480 x 455mm., printed souvenir handkerchief on linen, folds (3 copies)
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Literature

William M. Murphy, Prodigal Father: The Life of John Butler Yeats, Cornell University Press, Ithaca and London, 1978, illustrated p.406 (another edition)

Catalogue Note

In 1908 Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915) established Dublin’s Municipal Gallery of Modern Art and the American tour of the Abbey Theatre in 1913 was evidently regarded as an opportunity by Lady Gregory (Lane’s aunt) to raise funds for a permanent home for the collection. Yeats should later address the lack of support for the gallery (and other political issues) in ‘September 1913’.

This printed handkerchief includes eight sketches of Abbey actors by John Butler Yeats including J.M. Kerrigan, Sara Allgood, Eithne Magee, Sydney J. Morgan, J.A. O’Rourke, Udolphus Wright and Fred O’Donovan. There is also a quote from W.B. Yeats (from his poem ‘To a Wealthy Man who Promised a Second Subscription to the Dublin Municipal Gallery if it were Proved the People Wanted Pictures’) and Lady Gregory (from her play The Rising of the Moon) . Both pieces include facsimile signatures of their authors.

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London