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Yeats: The Family Collection

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Jack B. Yeats, R.H.A.
1871-1957
THE CAPTAIN
signed l.r.: Jack B/ Yeats; titled on the reverse
oil on board
23 by 35.5cm., 9 by 14in.
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Exhibited

Galway, Kenny Art Gallery, Paintings and Drawings, 1976, no.7

Literature

Hillary Pyle, Jack Butler Yeats, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Vol.II., Andre Deutsch, London, 1992, no.893, p.810, illustrated

Catalogue Note

Painted in 1948, the present work is a vividly rendered oil depicting the Captain standing proudly at the front of his vessel, hands behind his back - surveying the horizon ahead of him, or perhaps returning home? As early as he could draw, adventures on the sea had captivated Jack B. Yeats, evidenced in this sale with the early sketches, pirate-inspired material and Broadside illustrations (see lots 9, 189 and 190). 

Yeats was always drawn to strong characters, finding inspiration in them for a wealth of material. The Captain features prominently in Yeats' work across all stages of his career, and Pyle points out his pivotal position within Yeats' celebrated Life in the West of Ireland series from 1913.

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London