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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  3. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  4. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  8. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  9. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  12. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  13. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  15. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  17. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  21. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  22. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  23. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night