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Susan Mary 'Lily' Yeats
1866 - 1949
A PATINATED BRONZE FIGURAL DESK SEAL, 19TH CENTURY, THE MATRIX WITH INTAGLIO OF THE 'METAL MAN'
"The man on the pedestal in the middle of the river is The Metal Man, and he points to where the water is deep enough for ships" (W.B. Yeats, Reveries Over Childhood and Youth, Dublin, 1915)

The Metal Man is located at Rosses Point, the entrance to Sligo Harbour. As a symbol of Sligo he was important to the Yeats children and Jack was to include the twelve foot high figure in numerous drawings including 'Memory Harbour', the original of which he gave to W.B. Yeats and which was included as one of the plates to accompany the Cuala Press edition of Reveries Over Childhood and Youth.

Lily Yeats' bookplate, designed by Jack (see lot 187) was to incorporate the Metal Man reading a book and this design was evidently used by Lily as a desk seal.


9.5 by 2cm.; 3 3/4 by 3/4 in.
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