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Susan Mary 'Lily' Yeats
THE PROUD AND CARELESS NOTES LIVE ON
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Susan Mary 'Lily' Yeats
THE PROUD AND CARELESS NOTES LIVE ON
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Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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Susan Mary 'Lily' Yeats
1866 - 1949
THE PROUD AND CARELESS NOTES LIVE ON
signed l.l.: Lily Yeats with WB monogram
embroidery
38 by 27cm., 15 by 10½in.
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Literature

Hilary Pyle, Yeats: Portrait of an Artistic Family, London, 1997, fig.42, p.40

Catalogue Note

The title and theme of the present work is taken from W. B. Yeats' poem, 'The Players Ask for a Blessing on the Psalteries and on Themselves', in which the last stanza reads: 'The proud and careless notes live on/ But bless our hands that ebb away.'

In 1888, Lily Yeats was invited by May Morris, daughter of William Morris and running Morris & Co., to work in her embroidery workshop at Kelmscott House in Oxfordshire. It was here that Lily learnt her craft, spending nearly six years there. To the added delight of the family in London, after her initial week at Morris & Co., she returned with ten shillings - welcome relief for a family consistently searching for the next income. May Morris' strong temper and strict working conditions meant it was not always pleasant for Lily, but the experience was invaluable for her when she went on to produce needlework at Dun Emer in Dublin. 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London