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Yeats: The Family Collection

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Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
1871-1957
A MISCELLANEOUS GROUP OF SIX EARLY SKETCHES
including The River Steps, an illustration for Ernest Rhys’ ‘The Great Cockney Tragedy,’ 1891, pen and ink with wash; two small sketches inscribed With love from/ Uncle Jack, pen and ink; one watercolour of a Hunting scene signed and dated l.r.: Jack B Yeats/1889; A Merry Christmas, pen and ink and watercolour on card; Mr Broadside Subscriber, pen and ink cartoon
Quantity: 6
largest: 23 by 16.5cm., 9 by 6½in.
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Literature

Hilary Pyle, Jack B. Yeats, His Cartoons and Illustrations, Irish Academic Press, 1994, no.1287, p.177 (The Great Cockney Tragedy)

Catalogue Note

The pen and ink for Ernest Rhys' The Great Cockney Tragedy belongs to a group of eight works Jack B. Yeats made and are the first examples of Yeats as a book illustrator, dating to c.1890. W.B. Yeats was impressed with the illustrations, writing to W. E. Henley on 4 September 1891, 'The drawings seem to me to have a very genuine tragic intensity that makes them something much more than caricatures'. 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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