Artists in the Collection

Elizabeth Corbet Yeats

Born 1868, London, England
Died 1940, Dundrum, Ireland

Elizabeth Corbet Yeats was born in March 1868 to parents John Butler Yeats and Susan Pollexfen Yeats. She was the third of five children: William Butler, Susan Mary, Elizabeth Corbet, Robert Corbet (who died at a young age), and Jack Butler. Elizabeth was usually called “Lolly” by friends and family, while her sister Susan was called “Lily”.

Elizabeth trained as a printer under Miss Weede, superintendent of The Woman’s Printing Society. In 1902, Evelyn Gleeson founded the Dun Emer Industries, and she hired Elizabeth and Lily Yeats. Elizabeth handled the printing and Lily worked on embroidery. The two sisters continued working at Dun Emer until 1908, when, helped by George Russell, they split off from Miss Glesson and formed the Cuala Press. Poetry and Ireland by W.B. Yeats and Lionel Johnson was the first book published by Cuala. In 1909, Cuala published Synge’s Poems and Translations and followed with “Deirdre of the Sorrows” in 1910. Cuala press was noted for publishing works by W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, George Russell, Oliver Gogarty, and Lady Gregory. After Elizabeth’s death in January 1940, Esther Ryan and Maire Gill continued to run the Cuala Press until 1946.