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105
John Butler Yeats
OLD MAN AND WOMAN IN "WELL OF THE SAINTS"
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
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105
John Butler Yeats
OLD MAN AND WOMAN IN "WELL OF THE SAINTS"
Estimate
8001,200
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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John Butler Yeats
1839-1922
OLD MAN AND WOMAN IN "WELL OF THE SAINTS"
inscribed l.l.: Old Man and Woman in "Well of the Saints"
pencil
12.5 by 16.5cm., 5 by 6½in.
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Catalogue Note

The Well of the Saints is three-act play written by J. M. Synge and first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1905. The couple depicted here are the protagonists Mary and Martin Doul - blind beggars who were led to believe they were beautiful by the townsfolk, only to discover the truth when a saint cured their blindness. Discovering the world is not what they believed it to be, they grow blind again and choose note to forgo a repetition of the miracle. 

The play was at the centre of controversy among the Irish National Theatre Society, creating factions between those who supported the staging of such drama and those who felt it was not appropriate. In the end, it led to the splitting of the group, with W.B. Yeats and Lady Gregory, in favour of the plays, seizing the opportunity to restructure the society with themselves heading the new leadership. 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London