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Yeats Family
THE YEATS FAMILY SCRAPBOOK 
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 13,125 GBP
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9
Yeats Family
THE YEATS FAMILY SCRAPBOOK 
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 13,125 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Yeats: The Family Collection

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Yeats Family
THE YEATS FAMILY SCRAPBOOK 
comprising 47 childhood drawings by William, Jack, Lily and Lolly adhered within a leather-bound book and contained in a presentation case
variously signed and inscribed by William, Jack, Lily and Lolly, some dated 1879 and 1880
variously pencil and watercolour 
largest 12.5 by 18.5cm., 5 by 7¼in.
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Literature

Hilary Pyle, Jack B. YeatsHis Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.10-11, figs.2-3;
R. F. Foster, W. B. Yeats, A Life, Oxford University Press, 1998, illustrated pl.6;
Bruce Arnold, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 1998, pp.18-19, figs. 20-24

Catalogue Note

All the Yeats children had drawn, sketched, and painted since they were old enough to carry a brush. This scrapbook provides a wonderful collection of early childhood sketches by Willy, Jack, Lily and Lolly. There are countryside views of houses, churches and the seaside in Branscombe, Devon where the children spent the summer of 1879. There are also drawings from Merville House, Sligo, the stately home belonging to the children's grandparents, William and Elizabeth Pollexfen, where they often stayed, as well as portraits of each other and what can be considered Jack's very first self-portrait aged eight. As Bruce Arnold comments, it is perhaps the most prophetic of all the works, depicting Jack in a field of a farm, dressed in boots, sou'wester and oilskin. His hands are held up in the air, in one of them a pencil, the other a drawing pad (see detail below). One can see in Jack's work already his love for a narrative of which his father John observed later: 'his drawings were never of one object, one person or one animal, but of groups engaged in some kind of drama at the time.' (Christian Science Monitor, Boston, 2 November 1920, 'The education of Jack B. Yeats' by John Butler Yeats')

Yeats: The Family Collection

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London