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John Butler Yeats
JACK AND COTTIE YEATS BY THE FIREPLACE, SNAILS CASTLE, DEVON
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
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175
John Butler Yeats
JACK AND COTTIE YEATS BY THE FIREPLACE, SNAILS CASTLE, DEVON
Estimate
6,0008,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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John Butler Yeats
1839-1922
JACK AND COTTIE YEATS BY THE FIREPLACE, SNAILS CASTLE, DEVON
together with a watercolour of the dining room at Snails Castle by John Butler Yeats inscribed and dated l.l.: Snails Castle/ July/ 1900, and another of the sitting room by an unknown hand 
Quantity: 3
watercolour
26 by 35.5cm., 10¼ by 14in.
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Catalogue Note

Snails Castle was the nickname given by Jack to his house in Strete, near Dartmouth, South Devon, which he moved to with Cottie in 1896. It was so-called because on moving to the house it was infested with snails, and Jack delighted in depicting it as a tower on a snail's back. In time the name was replaced with its Irish translation, Cashlauna Shelmiddy (Caisleán Seilmide). 

John Butler Yeats described what life was like there in a letter to Rosa Butt in 1900, the spirit of which is captured in the present work: 'I have had a radiant fortnight with Jack and his wife. They are so quietly happy and busy. Each in their own way that one asks oneself is it possible that any kind of trouble should ever find them out.' (quoted in Pyle, Yeats: Portrait of an Artistic Family, 1997, p.26).

Yeats: The Family Collection

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