Portrait of Jack B.Yeats

George Campbell RHA (1917 – 1979)

  • Artist
    George Campbell RHA
  • Title
    Portrait of Jack B.Yeats
  • Date
    1950
  • Dimensions
    18 × 23cm
  • Medium
    Pastel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by Mr. P Glendon in 1961, from The Ritchie Hendriks Gallery
Description

Born in Wicklow and educated in Dublin, George Campbell lived in Belfast for many years where he became associated with progressive painters including Gerard Dillon and Dan O’Neill. Like many of his contemporaries, Campbell was inspired by the west of Ireland and painted numerous images of Travellers and landscapes of Connemara. His other great influences were the music and culture of Spain. From his first visit in 1951, Campbell was enchanted by the Spanish way of life and began to split his time between Ireland and Málaga. A talented musician, he studied Flamenco guitar and eventually became a recognised expert in the style. In 2003 Campbell’s contribution to the music and art of Málaga was recognised when a street in the town was renamed in his honour.

Campbell was a great admirer of Jack B. Yeats and the two artists enjoyed discussing their shared passions of horse racing, rowing and boxing. Like Yeats, Campbell painted what he knew:

“I only paint … people whom I know very well. I know guitar players. I know men who dig in fields. I know tinkers and gypsies. I don’t ever try to step out of what I know best” (1).

1. George Campbell, George Campbell: A Tribute, exhibition catalogue, Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin, March 2003.

Written by Riann Coulter

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  1. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  4. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  5. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  6. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  7. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  9. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  11. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  14. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  17. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  20. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  24. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta