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Yeats: The Family Collection

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Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
1871-1957
CHILDHOOD SKETCHBOOK, AGED 12
a busily worked sketchbook of illustrations that reveal the artist's early love for narrative, drama and humour, with hunting, military and pirate themes; titles include The Fire Brigade, Stealing Apples, The British Standing Army; early attempts at a monogram by Jack and Lolly; also two sketches by Lolly Yeats of Minnie Jackson, titled, signed and dated 1883; 54 sheets with sketches on both sides 
inscribed on frontispiece: From Jack Yeats/ to his sister Lillie/ June 30th 1884/ Merville/ Sligo; inscribed endpiece: Jack Yeats/ from his sister Lilly/ August 29th 1883/ Merville/ Sligo
mostly pencil, some pastel
each sheet 12 by 17cm., 4¾ by 6¾in.
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Catalogue Note

Jack B. Yeats lived with his grandparents the Pollexfens in Sligo from 1879-86, which were formative years in his development. His father JBY wrote that Jack had been born ‘to observe and paint', and Sligo gave him all he needed - 'the dramatic skies, all cloud and storm and sunshine and all the life of that little town and its people, with so many ‘characters’, and humourists half tragic, half comic.’ (JBY, quoted in W. Murphy, Prodigal Father, 1978, p.150)

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London