Property from the Collection of Sir Michael Smurfit
JACK B. YEATS, R.H.A.
IN TÍR NA NÓG
signed l.l.: JACK B YEATS
oil on canvas
61 by 91.5cm., 24 by 36in.
Painted in 1936.
The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd.
UNCONDITIONAL AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE
The canvas is unlined and is securely attached to what certainly appears to be the artist's
original, four member, keyed wooden stretcher. The stamp of the canvas manufacturer and a
faint inscription are visible on the reverse of the canvas.
The paint surface has a minimal varnish layer.
The paint surface displays scattered networks of slightly raised craquelure, most notably within
the sky in the upper right and including an area within the figure's face. These are
characteristic of Yeats' work and are stable at present.
Inspection under ultraviolet light shows a number of very small scattered spots and lines of
retouching including a few lines on the figure's hip, a cluster of tiny spots within the
background in the upper right quadrant, one very small spot in the sky in the upper right and
a few small spots at the centre of the right edge. Other tiny spots and lines of retouching are
The painting would therefore appear to be in good condition.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Sold by the artist to H. T. de V. Clifton in 1937;
Mr and Mrs H. Merkin, New York;
Waddington Galleries, London, from where purchased in 1988
Hilary Pyle, Images in Yeats, 1990, no.45, illustrated pl.22;
Hilary Pyle, Jack B Yeats, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Andre Deutsch, London, 1992, Vol. I, no.491, p.446
Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, 1936, no.31;
New York, Willard Gallery, Oil Paintings, 1 - 31 March 1962, no.4;
Massachusetts, Institute of Technology, Hayden Gallery, Loan Exhibition, 11 January - 17 February 1965, no.17