Figures

Augustus John (1878 – 1961)

  • Artist
    Augustus John
  • Title
    Figures
  • Date
    N.D.
  • Dimensions
    29.5 × 39.25cm
  • Medium
    Ink on paper
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A Healy, 1975 (Josephine C Healy Memorial Collection)
Description

Augustus John was a great friend of the Irish artist William Orpen, whom he had met while they were both students at the Slade School of Art, and it was probably with Orpen that he first visited Ireland in 1907. On that occasion he visited Lady Gregory at Coole Park and drew a portrait of W.B. Yeats. During his second trip in 1915, John was a guest of Robert Gregory at Coole and also travelled to Galway where he executed a number of drawings of local people, including sketches for the triptych Galway, now in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London. Galway was the largest mural painting that John was ever to produce and he embarked on it with the intention of creating ‘a vast picture synthesizing all that’s fine and characteristic in Galway City – a grand marshalling of the elements’.

Although the figures in this ink sketch do not appear in the mural Galway, the similarity of dress and appearance suggests that this is one of the works that John executed in Ireland. The drawing was probably bought from John by his Irish-American patron, John Quinn and later came into the collection of James A. Healy.

Written by Riann Coulter

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  1. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  7. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  8. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  10. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  11. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  12. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  13. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  16. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  17. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  18. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  19. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  21. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  22. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  23. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  24. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty