Jack Butler Yeats (Artist 1871 - 1957)

Letter from 1916 by Jack B Yeats addressed as Redford House
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Jack Butler Yeats (1871 - 1957)
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Irish Artist and brother of the Noble Laureate and Poet William Butler Yeats. Yeats was born in London in 1871 the son of the noted artist John Butler Yeats and Susan (nee Pollexfen). He resided with his maternal grandparents in Sligo from 1879 to 1887. After which Yeats returned to London to re-joined his family, prior to beginning his art training at the South Kensington School of Art. After South Kensington he continued his art training at the Chiswick School of Art, where he met his future wife Mary Cottenham White, the couple married in 1894 in Surrey and in 1897 settled in a coastal village named Strete in Devon. The couple left Devon in 1910 and settled just outside Greystones in a house they called Redford House (now known as Cartriff), where they resided until 1917. At Redford Yeats began to work in oil paint, prior to this he painted largely with watercolour paint. From Redford House the couple moved to 61 Marlborough Road in Donnybrook, Dublin. Yeats died in Dublin in 1957.

Works

His works include illustrations for J M Synge’s The Arran Islands, published in 1907. He also wrote a collection of short stories for children and several novels. His artworks can be seen in galleries such as the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork, The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore (USA) and the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

Bibliography:

Le Harivel, Adrian and Wynne, Michael – The National Gallery of Ireland, Aquisitions 1982 – 1983, Dublin 1884.

Arnold, Bruce Jack Butler Yeats, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Royal Irish Acadamy, Dublin, (October 2009)

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