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John Butler Yeats
ENNISCRONE, CO. SLIGO
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
4
John Butler Yeats
ENNISCRONE, CO. SLIGO
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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John Butler Yeats
1839-1922
ENNISCRONE, CO. SLIGO
together with a related study of Enniscrone
inscribed on the backing card (in Lily Yeats' hand): Enniscrone, Co. Sligo; the other inscribed and dated l.l. (in Lily Yeats' hand): Enniscrone, Co. Sligo/ 1866 
both pen and ink
one 17.5 by 27.2cm., 6¾ by 10½in.; the other 16.5 by 27cm., 6½ by 10¾in.
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Exhibited

Dublin, National Gallery of Ireland, Paintings and Drawings by John Butler Yeats, 1972, no.8;
New York, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Drawings of John Butler Yeats, 11 April - 31 May 1987, no.1 (illustrated in the exh. cat.)

Literature

William M. Murphy, Prodigal Father: The Life of John Butler Yeats, Cornelll University Press, Ithaca and London, 1978, illustrated p.50;
William M. Murphy, The Yeats Family and the Pollexfens of Sligo, Dolmen Press, Dublin, 1971, illustrated nos.2 and 3

Catalogue Note

This is one of John Butler Yeats' earliest works. These illustrative examples were often wood-block drawings that he submitted to journals such as Fun, and it is possible the present work was intended for such use. The year after this work, JBY had moved to London, but he continued to spend summers in Sligo. In 1868, he wrote to Edward Dowden: During my stay in Ireland I shall be very busy, sketching everything which I can make useful in wood drawing. I am working very hard, 8 and 9 and 10 hours a day. I think you will recognize a great advance in my drawing...I want to study and become a fully accomplished artists, and not a mere sketcher and wood draugthsman.' (unpublished letter by JBY to Edward Dowden, 17 May 1868, Collection Trinity College, Dublin). 

Yeats: The Family Collection

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