Hilary Pyle notes that ‘Yeats continued to make toy ships for years afterwards, photographs and drawings exist of objects made from matchboxes, corks, straw, even a banana skin, and so on… …He used the toy boats as subjects for late paintings, such as ‘The Launching’ (1945); and the slight-seeming, but sympathetic, subject-matter was the foundation for works of strong imaginative content…’ (see Pyle, Jack B. Yeats a biography, 1989, p. 77).
In the London Mercury for September 1936, Yeats contributed an article entitled ‘Beach-made models’.
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