Waddington Galleries, London, where purchased by the present owner in 1973
London, Waddington Galleries, Watercolours and Drawings by Jack B. Yeats, 1973, no.13
Hilary Pyle, The Different Worlds of Jack B. Yeats, His Cartoons and Illustrations, Dublin, 1994, no.662, p.120
The present work belongs to a series of illustrations executed in indian ink circa 1900 which were intended for a book Yeats hoped to publish entitled Pastimes of the Londoners. Twenty-eight drawings are known, but it may have extended to thirty-five. The subjects include typical Yeatsian themes from pub scenes to local sporting occasions including barrow racing, donkey racing and boxing. They show Yeats' gifted feeling for line, as well as his nuance for character and humour. The book was never published, but some of the drawings in the series were later reproduced in the Manchester Guardian in 1905, probably assisted through John Masefield who was employed by the paper. Some of the works later appeared in his monthly series, A Broadside, published by the Cuala Press.
The sheet appears sound. Slightly discoloured and some surface abrasions in the wheel of the cart upper right and also to the figure in the up-turned cart in the box near right hand edge.
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