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Yeats: The Family Collection

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[Maud Gonne]--Photographs
COLLECTION OF SIX STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF MAUD GONNE
(i) Studio portrait by Chancellor of Dublin, seated with bouquet, albumen print (198 x 136mm), mounted (size of mount 280 x 204mm), studio name in gilt on mount, stamp of Cuala Industries on reverse, note in ink "Return to Mrs. Yeats", [c.1900]

(ii) Studio portrait by Reutlinger of Paris, in profile, albumen print (147 x 108mm), mounted (size of mount 164 x 109mm), studio name in gilt on mount and printed on reverse, stamp of Cuala Industries on reverse, note in ink "Return to Mrs Yeats", 1902

(iii) Studio portrait by Pierre Sanitas, seated with bouquet and holding child (?her son Seán MacBride), ?carbon print (140 x 100mm), mounted (size of mount 155 x 110mm), studio name on mount, Cuala Industries stamp on reverse and note in ink "Return to Mrs. Yeats", [c.1906-7]

(iv) Studio portrait by Elliot & Fry, in fur coat, albumen print (144 x 103mm), mounted (mount size 168 x107mm), studio name on mount, stamp of Cuala Industries on reverse, note in ink "Return to Mrs. Yeats", London [c.1900]

(v) Studio portrait by Chancellor of Dublin, gelatin print (93 x 55mm), on black mount(mount size 104 x 63mm), name of studio on mount, Dublin [c.1900]

(vi) Kodak postcard-backed photographic portrait (140 x 88mm), [?pre-1900]


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STUDIO PORTRAITS OF YEATS'S GREAT MUSE AND INSPIRATION, WHOSE HAND HE ASKED FOR ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS, AND WHO WAS THE INSPIRATION OF MORE THAN EIGHTY OF HIS POEMS. Aside from her huge influence on Yeats her colourful life was underpinned by a deep commitment to Irish nationalist political activism, including speeches, journalism, pamphleteering and protests.

But even at the starting-post, all sleek and new,
I saw the wildness in her and I thought
A vision of terror that it must live through
Had shattered her soul.  Propinquity had brought
Imagination to that pitch where it casts out
All that is not itself:  I had grown wild
And wandered murmuring everywhere, "My child, my
child! '
(Yeats, 'A Bronze Head')

Yeats: The Family Collection

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