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GALWAY MAN IN WAISTCOAT AND CAP
GALWAY MAN IN WAISTCOAT AND CAP
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 1

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.10)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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A POETESS FROM THE LAND'S END
A POETESS FROM THE LAND'S END
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 2

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: with title inscribed upper right
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.22)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 7cm., 3.5 by 2.75in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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MAN IN BLUE SUIT WITH CAP
MAN IN BLUE SUIT WITH CAP
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 3

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €1150

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.1)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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MAN FISHING
MAN FISHING
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 4

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €1050

  • Medium:  watercolour over pencil (no.4)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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GENTLEMAN IN OVERCOAT
GENTLEMAN IN OVERCOAT
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 5

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €850

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.2)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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MAN IN BOWLER HAT
MAN IN BOWLER HAT
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 6

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €1700

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.5)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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YEATS' DOG HOOLIGAN IN A BOAT
YEATS' DOG HOOLIGAN IN A BOAT
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 7

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €2300

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.12)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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FOREST WITH "HOOLIGAN" AND LAKE BEYOND
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 8

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €900

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.14)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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CROMLECH, COOLE
CROMLECH, COOLE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 9

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1200

  • Signature: with title lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.36)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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HORSE IN STABLE
HORSE IN STABLE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 10

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1900

  • Signature: annotated in pencil lower right
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.30)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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MAN WITH CART, DONKEY AND CHILDREN
MAN WITH CART, DONKEY AND CHILDREN
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 11

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.11)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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STEPPING STONES, CHEVY AND DETAIL OF HORSE FEEDING
STEPPING STONES, CHEVY AND DETAIL OF HORSE FEEDING
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 12

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: with title lower left; annotated under image of horse, centre
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.37, double sided)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • It is believed that Yeats’ reference to “Chevy” in lots 12, 32 and 37 refer to townlands known as Chessy (or Shessy) North and South in the parish of Ardrahan, Barony of Kiltartan and County Galway, North and South and East of a road leading from Kilmacdouagh Tower to Ardrahan and Galway.

    The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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THREE CHILDREN STANDING
THREE CHILDREN STANDING
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 13

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1600

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.9)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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ROUNDTOWER
ROUNDTOWER
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 14

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €750

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.17)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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CHILDREN IN A CART
CHILDREN IN A CART
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 15

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1500

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.8)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 8cm., 5 by 3in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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JOHNNIE FROM GORT
JOHNNIE FROM GORT
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 16

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1700

  • Medium: ink (no.33)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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PROFILE OF A MAN WITH MOUSTACHE IN A CAP
PROFILE OF A MAN WITH MOUSTACHE IN A CAP
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 17

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €1100

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.3)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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PROFILE OF A SMARTLY ATTIRED MAN
PROFILE OF A SMARTLY ATTIRED MAN
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 18

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €2000

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.6)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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WEAVER AT LOOM
WEAVER AT LOOM
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 19

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1100

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.26)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 7cm., 3.5 by 2.75in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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WEAVER
WEAVER
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 20

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €950

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.25)
  • Dimensions: 7 by 9cm., 2.75 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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INTERIOR WITH LOOM
INTERIOR WITH LOOM
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 21

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €700

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.24)
  • Dimensions: 7 by 9cm., 2.75 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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MAN AT A LOOM
MAN AT A LOOM
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 22

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €700

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.28)
  • Dimensions: 7 by 9cm., 2.75 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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DETAIL OF A LOOM
DETAIL OF A LOOM
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 23

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €600

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.27)
  • Dimensions: 7 by 9cm., 2.75 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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CHILDREN AND DOGS BY THE ROADSIDE
CHILDREN AND DOGS BY THE ROADSIDE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 24

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €2200

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.7)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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FOOTBALL MATCH
FOOTBALL MATCH
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 25

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1700

  • Signature: with title in pen lower centre
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.34)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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ONE OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES
ONE OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 26

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1250

  • Signature: with title lower right
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.19)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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ROUNDTOWER WITH VIEW OF SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE
ROUNDTOWER WITH VIEW OF SURROUNDING LANDSCAPE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 27

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1000

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.21)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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BIRD PERCHED ON A ROCK, COOLE LAKE
BIRD PERCHED ON A ROCK, COOLE LAKE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 28

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €1600

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.13)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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EVENING, COOLE LAKE
EVENING, COOLE LAKE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 29

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1250

  • Signature: with title lower right; variously annotated in pencil
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.30)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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VIEW OF THE LAKE THROUGH TREES
VIEW OF THE LAKE THROUGH TREES
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 30

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €1050

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.16)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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TREES REFLECTED IN COOLE LAKE
TREES REFLECTED IN COOLE LAKE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 31

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €950

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.32)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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RIVER AT CHEVY
RIVER AT CHEVY
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 32

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: with location inscribed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.38)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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INTERIOR OF ONE OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES
INTERIOR OF ONE OF THE SEVEN CHURCHES
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 33

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €900

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.33, double sided)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • With a second work exposed on reverse. Second work reads: "Pray for the soul of Charles Shaughnessy and Elnor Shaughnessy 1708" and pictures Christ on the cross flanked by mourners.

    The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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STONEWALL ARCHWAY AND HEADSTONES
STONEWALL ARCHWAY AND HEADSTONES
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 34

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €650

  • Signature: with annotations in pencil
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.35)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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WINDOW BOX OUTSIDE FORDS WITH DETAIL OF HALF DOOR
WINDOW BOX OUTSIDE FORDS WITH DETAIL OF HALF DOOR
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 35

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €200

  • Medium: inscribed in pencil beneath images. watercolour over pencil (no.23)
  • Dimensions: 7 by 9cm., 2.75 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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GALWAY LANDSCAPE AT SUNSET
GALWAY LANDSCAPE AT SUNSET
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 36

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €1350

  • Medium:  watercolour over pencil (no.29)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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BEND IN THE RIVER, CHEVY
BEND IN THE RIVER, CHEVY
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 37

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: with location inscribed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.39, double sided)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • With another view of "Chevy" on reverse.

    The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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TREE LINED PATHWAY
TREE LINED PATHWAY
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 38

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €1250

  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.15)
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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HEADSTONES
HEADSTONES
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 39

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: with annotations in pencil
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil (no.18)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 9cm., 5 by 3.5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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G. ROWNEY & CO. RINGBOUND CARTRIDGE PAPER SKETCHBOOK, ROUND TOWER, PIGEON, GORT, CO. GALWAY 1898
G. ROWNEY & CO. RINGBOUND CARTRIDGE PAPER SKETCHBOOK, ROUND TOWER, PIGEON, GORT, CO. GALWAY 1898
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 40

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €650

  • Signature: with title inscribed on upper board; with Rowney and Co. label affixed inside cover.
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13cm., 3.5 by 5in.
  • The first forty lots of this sale comprise the complete collection of works from a sketchbook by Jack Butler Yeats RHA, dated, 1899, Gort, Co.Galway. The sketchbook was gifted by Yeats to his friend and patron Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957) and is listed in Hilary Pyle’s Jack B. Yeats, His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, p.184, nos. 15-17 [Three sketchbooks in the Ernie O’Malley Collection].The sequential number of each sketch as it originally appeared in the intact sketchbook is given in the description of each sketch below. Each sketch is framed and bears a Certificate of Authenticity on reverse.

    Ernie O’Malley (1897-1957), born in Castlebar, Co. Mayo was a major figure in the War of Independence and the Irish Civil War as well as a pivotal figure in artistic circles and author of enduring accounts of Irish modern history such as On Another Man’s Wound.

    1899 was a year of many firsts and a hugely significant period in Yeats’ career. In February of that year he devoted an entire exhibition in London to Irish-based subject matter. This exhibition, which comprised watercolours and drawings, moved to Dublin in May. This was the artist’s first one-man show in the capital. In the same year Yeats visited Lady Gregory’s home, the hub of the Celtic Revival, at Coole Park and, for the first time, made a critical journey to the Aran Islands with his wife, Cottie.

    Variously annotated, these sketches capture locations, characters, minutiae, oddities, industry and ancient history. His fondness in particular for children is depicted in several sketches as is his unwavering bond to his loyal companion, a yellow ochre mongrel, Hooligan, or “Hooley”, who was a regular sole witness to his master’s creations.

    In his latter years Yeats reverted continually to these sketchbooks; which would form the genesis of some of his later works in oil. These works are essential tools in unearthing the private observations of an obsessive recorder. The fitting words in the Dublin Express, 1899 by his contemporary, George Russell (AE) capture the power and importance of Yeats’ gift, ”There is a weird power in these sketches which gives them a distinct place of their own in art. It is not due to caricature but to an almost poetical excess of energy in the conception. Scene and characters such as we meet with every day have been stored up in the artist’s memory…it is not an ideal Ireland that has been reflected in Mr Yeats’ mind, but it is in a certain measure true…”

    (See, Arnold, Bruce, Jack Yeats, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1998, p.85)

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THE STRAND RACES: THE START AND THE FINISH (A PAIR)
THE STRAND RACES: THE START AND THE FINISH (A PAIR)
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 41

Published Estimate: €700-900

Price Realised: €700

  • Signature: each signed in the plate lower left
  • Medium: hand coloured Cuala Press prints (framed uniformly)
  • Dimensions: 13 by 43cm., 5 by 17in.
  • Literature: Literature:Pyle, Hilary, The Different Worlds of Jack B. Yeats: His Cartoons and Illustrations, p. 283, catalogue no. 2015 and 2016 respectively, illustrated p. 284 (illustrated in colour, plates p. 17 and 18)
  • The original ink and watercolour drawings for these prints date to c. 1906 and were exhibited in London in 1913. They were later reproduced in the Dun Emer catalogue October 1907 and prospectus, May 1908: Cuala Print (4).

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THE JOCKEY
THE JOCKEY
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 42

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €550

  • Signature: signed in the plate, within a flag mid right [partially obscured beneath the mount]
  • Medium: handcoloured Cuala Press print
  • Dimensions: 8 by 15cm., 3 by 6in.
  • Literature: Literature:Pyle, Hilary, The Different Worlds of Jack B Yeats, His Cartoons and Illustrations, p. 290, 294 and 295 (illustrated)
  • The Jockey is listed in Pyle as catalogue no., 2046, 2078 and 2084 as the image was reproduced several times in different forms; as a Cuala Print (25); within a calendar, Féilire 1912: [An Marcach] and as a Cuala Christmas card (152) in a Cuala book of sample cards 1964.

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AN OLD SLAVE, c.1911 AND TWO OTHERS
AN OLD SLAVE, c.1911 AND TWO OTHERS
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 43

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €700

  • Signature: signed in the plate lower right; title lower centre; with print number and Cuala Press details printed in the lower margin below image
  • Medium: Cuala Press handcoloured print (framed)
  • Dimensions: 18 by 13cm., 7 by 5in.
  • Literature: Literature:Pyle, Hilary, The Different Worlds of Jack B Yeats, His Cartoons and Illustrations, p. 256 catalogue no. 1860, illustrated p. 257(illustrated in colour plate no.16)
  • Also with this lot are two other Cuala Press prints, the first by Dorothy Blackman (1896-1975) Figure Ploughing The Field, signed in the plate in monogram lower right with accompanying poem by J.G. Whittier. Combined dimensions of the work 6.25 by 4in. The second, Elizabeth (Lolly) Corbet Yeats (1868-1940), West of Ireland Women Gathering Turf, dimensions 5.5 by 6in. All three works framed uniformly.

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EVENING, c.1906
EVENING, c.1906
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 44

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: €650

  • Signature: signed in the plate lower right; titled lower left
  • Medium: handcoloured Cuala Press print (framed)
  • Dimensions: 20 by 30cm., 8 by 11.7 5in.
  • Literature: Literature:Pyle, Hilary, Jack B. Yeats, His Cartoons and Illustrations, p. 285, catalogue no. 2022, (colour illustration, plate no. 25).
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DAWNING OF THE NEW REPUBLIC
DAWNING OF THE NEW REPUBLIC
George Russell AE (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 45

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; with inscriptions detailing provenance on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 36 by 51cm., 14.25 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The collection of Miceal O'Murcada, since 1922 ; Lord Killanin, Ballsbridge; private collection; Whyte's 27 April 2004, Lot 111; private collection
  • Lord Killanin was born Michael Morris (1914-1999) and assumed his role as 3rd Baron Killanin in 1927, while still at school, succeeding his uncle as head of the family. His father had been killed in action as a member of the Irish Guards. The 1st Baron Killanin, Michael Morris (1826-1901) was an Irish political figure and lawyer. In 1885, he was created a baronet, and two years later he was appointed Lord Chief Justice of Ireland. On his retirement from office, Lord Morris was further created Baron Killanin, of Galway in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. On his death his son, Martin Henry Fitzpatrick Morris succeeded as 2nd Baron (he never married). Michael Morris, 3rd Baron Killanin, is remembered as a colourful character as his obituary summarises; journalist, soldier, film producer and sports administrator, MBE 1945; TD 1945; President, Olympic Council of Ireland 1950-73; member, International Olympic Committee 1952-80, Vice-President 1968-72, President 1972-80 among many other achievements.

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COASTAL LANDSCAPE AT BALLYVELEHAN, GALWAY BAY
COASTAL LANDSCAPE AT BALLYVELEHAN, GALWAY BAY
Robert Gregory (1881-1918)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 46

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €7000

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 58 by 91cm., 22.75 by 36in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Adam's, Important Irish Art, 25 September, 1996, lot 92; Where purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: Literature:Smythe, Colin, Robert Gregory, A Centenary Tribute, 1981, p.35 (illustrated)
  • In his text (p.35) Smythe notes,

    “Ballyvelehan. On the shores of Galway Bay, near his summer home of Mount Vernon, stood this group of (mostly ruined) houses, which seemed to epitomise County Galway for Robert.”

    Robert Gregory was the only child of the godmother of the Irish Literary Revival and Director of the Abbey Theatre, Lady Isabella Augusta Gregory (1852-1932). Robert, a true Renaissance man of his age, excelled not only in the arts, but was an outstanding athlete and distinguished military man, joining the war effort as a member of the 4th Connaught Rangers and transferring to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916. He was awarded the Military Cross for "conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty.” It has recently been discovered that Gregory was involved in the forced crashlanding of the famous German pilot, Baron von Richthofen, the ‘Red Baron’. In his desire to become an artist Robert studied at the prominent Slade School of Art and later in Paris, under Jacques Émile Blanche (1861-1942), who openly praised his skill and intellect. His work was exhibited in 1912 and 1914 at the Baillie Gallery and the Chenil Gallery, in London. Robert's premature death in a plane crash in 1918, aged 37, had a lasting effect on W. B. Yeats, and he became the subject of four poems by him; including; In Memory of Major Robert Gregory and An Irish Airman Foresees his Death.

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INTERIOR OF A CHURCH IN BRITTANY
INTERIOR OF A CHURCH IN BRITTANY
Walter Chetwood Aiken (1866-1899)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 47

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2600

  • Signature: with inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 54 by 37cm., 21.25 by 14.5in.
  • Label on reverse inscribed, "Walter Chetwood-Aiken Finished Picture of the Interior of a Church in Brittany".

    Works by Chetwood Aiken can be found in the collection of Bristol City Art Gallery (A French Village). Chetwood Aiken worked in Paris and Bristol and died prematurely at the age of thirty-three. His works are rare to the auction circuit. His most celebrated work, also a Breton scene, can be found in the Brian P. Burns Collection. This work formed part of an important exhibition entitled, ‘America’s Eye: Irish Paintings from the Collection of Brian P. Burns’, 26 January to 19 May, 1996 at the Boston College Museum of Art and later from 19 June to 25 August, 1996 at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin.

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SEATED LADY PLAYING CHESS, c.1895
SEATED LADY PLAYING CHESS, c.1895
Sarah Henrietta Purser  HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 48

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: with faint annotation lower left; with blind stamp of an address [Burleigh, Burlington Road, Dublin] on reverse
  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper laid on folded sheet
  • Dimensions: 23 by 16cm., 9 by 6.25in.
  • We are grateful to Dr. John O'Grady for his help in cataloguing this work. Dr. O'Grady dates this work to 1895. See The Life and Work of Sarah Purser by John O'Grady, p.229.

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MENDING NETS, CHIOGGIA
MENDING NETS, CHIOGGIA
Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 49

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; with inscribed Dawson Gallery label preserved on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 31 by 23cm., 12.25 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
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A CORNER BY THE CHURCH, c.1900
A CORNER BY THE CHURCH, c.1900
Norman Garstin (1847-1926)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 50

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed lower left; with title and price [£3-3-0] inscribed on label on reverse; also with partial John Peak, Home Decorator, Gilder & Framemaker [4 Causeway Head, Penzance, Cornwall] affixed verso
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 26 by 18cm., 10.25 by 7in.
  • Norman Garstin was born in Limerick and began painting in his early thirties. He first visited Brittany in the early 1880s and returned frequently to paint and lead artistic excursions with his pupils from Newlyn. This watercolour most likely dates to 1911, when he is recorded as painting in the picturesque village of Josselin, in Brittany. Several works from this period depict the town of Josselin and in particular its basilica, Notre Dame du Roncier. His artistic sojourns, which encompassed not only France, but Tangiers, Italy, Holland, Spain and Cornwall resulted in several successful exhibitions.

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