81
81
Attributed to George Russell, called AE
THOOR BALLYLEE
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
81
Attributed to George Russell, called AE
THOOR BALLYLEE
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Attributed to George Russell, called AE
1867-1935
THOOR BALLYLEE
dated l.l.: 1901; inscribed on the reverse: Yeats
watercolour
34.5 by 24cm., 13¾ by 9½in.
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Catalogue Note

The townland of Ballylee (Baile-an-Liagh, Baile ui Laoi) was at the time part of the Gregory estate, and  Yeats had begun collecting folklore with Lady Gregory in the area in 1897. Yeats had told some of these stories to George Russell before September 18987 when Russell published (inaccurately) some of this Ballylee folklore. Yeats’s first visit to the tower would have been between late June and mid-November 1898, and he immediately ‘possessed’ it in his imagination, writing in 1916 that ‘[f]or years I have coveted Ballylee Castle’. In the summer/autumn of 1898, Yeats and Russell had spent time seeing visions in the nearby Lydicaun Castle, a similar Norman tower house, though uninhabitable. Ballylee, at the time was occupied by Patrick Spellman, Master of the Loughrea Workhouse, and Yeats returned there again in the summer of 1899. Russell’s 1901 visit is not recorded by Lady Gregory in her diary.  

Yeats: The Family Collection

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