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Jack Butler Yeats (Irish, 1871-1957) A Lane in Kerry

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May 17, 2013 12:00PM


Jack Butler Yeats (Irish, 1871-1957)

A Lane in Kerry, 1914
Signed "Jack B. Yeats" l.r., titled, dated, and inscribed ".../By Jack B. Yeats,
R.H.A." on a partial label on the reverse.
Oil on artist board, sight size 8 3/4 x 13 3/4 in. (22.2 x 35.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Small abrasion to c.r. edge, minor frame abrasion.

Provenance: Sotheby's London, Modern British and Irish Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, Wednesday, November 24, 1993, Lot 23.

Literature: Pyle, Hilary, Jack B. Yeats: a catalogue raisonné of the oil paintings (London: A. Deutsch, 1992), cat. no. 60, p. 54.

N.B. Jack Butler Yeats was one of the leading artists of Ireland in the 20th century. He began his career as an illustrator and turned to painting in oils c. 1906. Born in London, Yeats had strong family ties to Ireland and was raised in the home of his maternal grandparents in Sligo. He developed a great love for Ireland and delighted in painting its landscape and people. He was elected to the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1916. Yeats embodied his own belief that an artist must be part of the land and the life he painted. The Yeatses were an artistic and literary family: Jack's father, John Butler Yeats, was a noted portraitist, the poet William Butler Yeats was Jack's brother, and Jack's wife, Mary "Cottie" Cottenham, was also an artist and illustrator. He counted among his friends Oskar Kokoschka and Samuel Beckett.
Estimate $50,000-70,000

Board with a printed label from ....& Sons, Ltd, 17-18 Nassau Street (...) on the reverse.

Vertical abrasion to right edge measuring 1/2 inch (1 cm), located about 2 inches down from u.r. corner.

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