JACK BUTLER YEATS, R.H.A.
'Strete Harbertonford Sports, 1899'; 'London Epsom Strete Blackawton, May June 1900'; 'Ballycastlye 1909'; 'Greystones, Spring 1911'; 'London Dublin'
variously inscribed and dated, with each sketchbook titled
pencil and watercolour, comprising approximately 150 sketches in total
each 8.5 by 12.5cm., 3¼ by 5in.
Each sketchbook is in good overall condition. One sketchbook (London Epsom Strete Blackawton 1900) is missing its ringbinding and the sheets are therefore lose. Some expected time staining but otherwise preserved in impressive overall condition.
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Private collection, U.S.A.
Yeats made sketches throughout his life serving as a visual diary, using Rowney Ringback sketchbooks. The earliest example in the present lot is dedicated to a day at Harbertonford Sports in Devon, 13th July 1899 (near Strete where the artist was then living) and includes the original programme of events within the sketchbook. The remainder cover periods of the artist's life spent between England and Ireland, the latest dated to 1911 when the artist settled in Greystones. They reveal Yeats' powers of observation, his sense of humour and his proficiency - the sketches swift, precise and full of character.