Tinkers at the Gate

Nano Reid (1900 – 1981)

  • Artist
    Nano Reid
  • Title
    Tinkers at the Gate
  • Date
  • Dimensions
    90.5 × 48cm
  • Medium
    Oil on board
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased 1974

Nano Reid was born in Drogheda into a publican family. She studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, where she was inspired by the stained glass artist Harry Clarke, and also in London and Paris.

Reid shared with Patrick Collins, Louis le Brocquy and Jack B. Yeats, a fascination with Ireland’s Travelling people. Believing that Travellers had a more authentic connection with the landscape than settled communities, these artists, recorded the customs and lifestyles of Irish Travellers. Less discernable than le Brocquy’s better known Traveller paintings, Reid’s Tinkers at the Gate depicts a Traveller encampment in an expressionistic manner that is not immediately legible. The muddy colours and dynamic mark-making merge figure with background and suggest a people deeply rooted in the landscape.

The expressionistic style and loose brush work of Reid’s art set her apart from many of her artistic contemporaries in Ireland and has resulted in her work remaining less familiar than that of more realist or impressionist painters. Despite this fact, her innovative vision was recognised in 1950 when she was chosen, along with Norah McGuinness, to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale.

Written by Riann Coulter

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  9. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  10. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
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  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  18. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  20. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  22. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  23. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  24. Nick Miller - John McGahern