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John Butler Yeats
A HAUNTED CHAMBER [?]
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John Butler Yeats
A HAUNTED CHAMBER [?]
Estimate
6,0008,000
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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John Butler Yeats
1839-1922
A HAUNTED CHAMBER [?]
together with nine further works en grisaille and one reproduction
Quantity: 11
black and grey wash with white highlights
30.5 by 16.5cm., 12 by 6½in.
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Exhibited

Possibly Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, 1900;
Dublin, 6 St Stephen's Green, A Loan Collection of Pictures by Nathaniel Hone and John Butler Yeats, October - November 1901;
New York, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Drawings of John Butler Yeats, 11 April - 31 May 1987, no.14 (illustrated in exh. cat.)

Literature

Fintean Cullen in The Drawings of John Butler Yeats (exh. cat.), 1987, p.25

Catalogue Note

Although not confirmed, it is possible that A Haunted Chamber is that mentioned in a letter by John Butler Yeats to William Butler Yeats in 1899, which talks of having finished 'two black and whites which you would like - the titles are suggestive 'Love's Farewell' and 'A Haunted Chamber'. The source of the subject is unknown but a decade before, in order to raise money, JBY had decided to write a ghost story which he planned to illustrate. Lollie's diary from 1888-89 mentions this ghost story which John dictated to her every day for two months. The story failed to sell and the illustrations remained in the family, which may include some of those here. 

Another work in the group depicting a young woman and a man playing a concertina is a preparatory study for JBY's Music's Golden Tongue, c.1893-94 - a full-page illustration he produced for the family magazine 'Leisure Hour', vol.43, 1984, p.546. It is likely that Lily Yeats was the model for the girl. 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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