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Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
UNTITLED: JAPANESE PIRATE (I); UNTITLED: JAPANESE PIRATE (II)
JUMP TO LOT
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Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
UNTITLED: JAPANESE PIRATE (I); UNTITLED: JAPANESE PIRATE (II)
JUMP TO LOT

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Yeats: The Family Collection

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Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
1871-1957
UNTITLED: JAPANESE PIRATE (I); UNTITLED: JAPANESE PIRATE (II)
Quantity: 2
one signed and dated u.r.: JACK. B. YEATS. 1901-; inscribed l.l.: I'm a Badman - Ive got A Junk on The High Seas. IM A PIROOT I AM; further dated APRIL 1901 and monogrammed probably as Snail's Castle l.l.; the other signed l.l.: JACK B YEATS and inscribed with seven lines of text u.r. commencing: I said I would if he jollied me anymore
both watercolour
one 37 by 24cm., 14¼ by 9½in.; the other 16.5 by 11cm., 6½ by 4¼in.
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Literature

Hilary Pyle, Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, nos.367 and 368, p.108

Catalogue Note

Both of the present works, depicting Japanese pirates in full war regalia with swords in teeth, show Jack B. Yeats' passing interest in the Japanese print, coinciding with the growth of Western interest in Japanese art and culture. On a casual glance, they pass off as convincing originals, but closer inspection reveals Jack's signature humour. Pyle notes there are unlikely to be any more than these, which represent the artist's continuous experimentation at the time with style and media. 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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