44
44
John Butler Yeats
'CUCKOO' YORK POWELL
Estimate
1,0001,500
JUMP TO LOT
44
John Butler Yeats
'CUCKOO' YORK POWELL
Estimate
1,0001,500
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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John Butler Yeats
1839-1922
'CUCKOO' YORK POWELL
inscribed l.l. (in Lily Yeats' hand): Cuckoo York Powell
pencil
25.5 by 18cm., 10 by 7in.
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Exhibited

Dublin, 6 St Stephen's Green, A Loan Collection of Pictures by Nathaniel Hone and John Butler Yeats, October - November 1901, no.21, illustrated in exh. cat.;
New York, Albany Institute of History & Art, The Drawings of John Butler Yeats, 11 April - 31 May 1987, no.21, illustrated in exh. cat.

Catalogue Note

Drawn circa 1895-99, Mariella York Powell was the daughter of John Butler Yeats' close friend Frederick York Powell, whom the artist first met on his move to Bedford Park in the late 1880s.  

In 1901 Powell wrote a letter to JBY, which as Murphy points out, is a quite remarkable acknowledgment coming from Oxford's Regius Professor of History: 'I know you are a better man in heart than I am, and I am always glad to try and follow the high example you set in life and thought, and I honestly believe that I am very much the better for having had the privilege of your friendship, a blessing that I think much of.' (quoted in W. Murphy, Prodigal Father, 1978, p.224)

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London