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Yeats: The Family Collection

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[John B. Yeats]--Photographs
A COLLECTION OF SIX PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS OF JOHN B. YEATS, BY ALICE BOUGHTON AND OTHERS:
(i) Alice Boughton, head-and-shoulder portrait, wearing hat, platinum print (202 x 152mm),  SIGNED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER ON LOWER RIGHT, ? New York, [? December 1907 or 1908]

(ii) Alice Boughton, of the artist and unidentified companion, SIGNED BY THE PHOTOGRAPHER ON LOWER RIGHT, platinum print (193 x 152mm), mounted (size of mount 357 x 278mm), ?New York,  [c.1908]

(iii) Alice Boughton, another from the same sitting of artist and companion, SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER ON LOWER LEFT, platinum print (237 x 187mm), mounted (size of mount 330 x 249mm), ?New York, [c.1908]

(iv) Alice Boughton, of the artist in profile, SIGNED BY PHOTOGRAPHER ON LOWER RIGHT, platinum print (200 x 148mm), mounted and framed  (size of mount 326 x 223mm), ?New York, [c.1908]

(v) [? Julia Ellsworth Ford], the painter seated painting in his studio in St Stephen's Green, Dublin, silver print (120 x 97mm.), mounted (size of mount 126 x 100mm), inscribed at bottom of print "Mr Yeats from Mrs S. Ford", [1906]

(vi) Stark Brothers, cabinet card of John Butler Yeats, in green morocco wallet, c.170 x 130mm


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Literature

Another copy of (i) is reproduced in William M. Murphy's  Prodigal Father: The Life of John Butler Yeats on p.329. Another copy of (v), given by Julia Ellsworth Ford to John Quinn, and by the collector to Jeanne Robert Foster (and subsequently held in the William M. Murphy Collection) is reproduced  on p.310 of the same work.

The photographer Alice Boughton (1865-1943) opened her own portrait studio in New York in 1890, her subjects including prominent literary, theatrical and artistic figures. Her studies of children are also noteworthy and she is remembered for her photographs of female nudes in allegorical or natural settings. Her studio remained open for forty years. A collection of her portraits, Photographing the Famous, was published in 1928. See also lots 84 and 208.

Yeats: The Family Collection

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