This figure relates directly to the stoic seaman seen in Jack B. Yeats' painting Misty Morning, see lot 15. Gillespie recalls seeing the painting as a boy and the bronze figure emerged from his distant memory of it. When the original painting entered Brian P. Burns' collection, he purchased the bronze so that he could still enjoy the Yeatsian figure when the painting was on loan to exhibitions; thus serendipitously, Gillespie's bronze was reunited with its original inspiration.
Bronze with a green-blue patina. Some dust has gathered in crevices but it appears in excellent overall 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."