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John Butler Yeats
HARCOURT STREET, 9 O'CLOCK
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
26
John Butler Yeats
HARCOURT STREET, 9 O'CLOCK
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 7,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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John Butler Yeats
1839-1922
HARCOURT STREET, 9 O'CLOCK
watercolour and gouache
102.5 by 70cm., 40¼ by 27½in.
Painted circa 1884. 
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Catalogue Note

The present work was painted circa 1884, by which time the artist, struggling to make ends meet in London, had returned to Dublin with his family. The move was to be decisive in shaping the young W. B. Yeats' future, discovering the three interests that were to dominate his life: poetry, mysticism and Ireland. JBY had taken a studio at York Street, off St Stephen's Green, which quickly became a centre of art and philosophy in Dublin. It was from here that one morning he told the sixteen-year old Willy to walk down Harcourt Street and enroll at the Erasmus Smith High School, where he made a lasting impression: 'a white blackbird, a genius among the commonplace' as Katharine Tynan, a school friend, recollected (quoted in Murphy, The Prodigal Father, 1978, p.129). The present work depicts the bustling scene on Harcourt Street, and perhaps even an Erasmus student seen reading in the background. 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London