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Yeats: The Family Collection

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[W. B. Yeats]--Photographs
A COLLECTION OF NINE PHOTOGRAPHS OF THOOR BALLYLEE, COMPRISING:
external view of the castle (160 x 105mm), mounted (2 copies, one with inscription on reverse); group of six copy-prints (each 165 x 120mm), three exterior views of the castle and three interiors (fireplace, bedroom, and hallway), three of these mounted on card once seemingly part of an album, the others loose; photograph of a sketch of Thoor Ballylee by Robert Gregory, Cuala Industries stamp on the reverse (105 x 145mm), loose in a folder; all c.1920s
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Catalogue Note

For the large altar-sticks shown by the fireplace see next lot. The importance of the great Hiberno-Norman tower of Thoor Ballylee to Yeats's poetic imagination was so great that Seamus Heaney described it as "the most important public building in Ireland".

"An ancient bridge, and a more ancient tower,
A farmhouse that is sheltered by its wall,
An acre of stony ground,
Where the symbolic rose can break in flower..." (W.B. Yeats, from 'My House', in 'Meditations in Time of Civil War')

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London