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Mary Cottenham Yeats
1867-1947
PAINTED CHEST WITH SCENES OF HY BRAZIL
painted wrought-iron mounted pine linen chest
depth 168 by 66cm., 66 by 26in.; height 48cm., 19in.
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Exhibited

Edinburgh Festival, Exhibition of Dublin and Edinburgh Arts & Crafts, 1985

Literature

N. Gordon Bowe and E. Cumming, The Arts and Crafts Movements in Dublin and Edinburgh, 1880-1930, Irish Academic Press, 1998, no.220, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Painted circa 1901, the chest offers a fantasy scene of Hy Brasil, a mythical island said to lie in the Atlantic Ocean west of Ireland, shrouded in mist and only visible once every seven years. Inset on the lid of the chest is a map, which seems to refer to a manuscript in the Royal Irish Academy that locates the island. The chest is referred to in a letter from Jack B. Yeats to his sister Lily, tentatively dated 1901 by Bruce Arnold: 'Cottie has decorated the big box in the drawing...room with a fine first class drawing of lords and ladies strolling on the green lawns[?] of Hy Brazil'. 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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