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Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre

The Toy Theatre

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Toy Theatre
  • Date
    c. 1910
  • Dimensions
    27 × 37.5cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by Sligo County Library and Museum from Dawson Gallery, 1964
Description

A young boy in an old fashioned costume is playing with a cut-out theatre. His youth is accentuated by his having to stand on a stool to reach up to the table. The theatre is like the ones that Jack Yeats designed and made in the early 1900s to entertain the local children in Devon where he was living at the time. A number of these plays were published and they feature similar stories of pirates and hidden treasure as seen in the one in this painting. Yeats had an abiding passion for the theatre especially for melodrama.

Behind the boy, through the window, can be seen a large house and beyond it a ship at anchor. This setting has been identified as Sligo where Yeats would have spent many hours as a child playing in this solitary fashion with his mind full of the sea and nautical adventures. His grandfather, William Pollexfen, ran a shipping business in the town and Yeats seems in this painting to deliberately juxtapose the imagination of the child with the reality of the adult world beyond the playroom window.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  2. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  3. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  6. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  7. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  11. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  14. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  15. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  18. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  19. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  21. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  22. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  24. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory