This image is subject to copyright and cannot be downloaded or reproduced without written permission.
Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day

Market Day

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Market Day
  • Date
    1906
  • Dimensions
    35.5 × 25.25cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by public subscription from the Capuchin Annual, 1962
Description

Fair days and market days fascinated Jack Yeats whose sketchbooks record the strange sights and characters to be seen at such events. This early watercolour features a stall in a country Irish town. In the background the quiet sunlit street is temporarily transformed by galloping horses ridden by farmers determined to get their business done and return to their work. The foreground is dominated by the covered stall, tended by a young woman in a large brimmed hat who patiently observes the goods. The latter is a remarkably eclectic collection of items which indicates both the comparative simplicity of the times and some of the main concerns of the population. Religious magazines, the linnet songbook and the book of fate make up the reading matter, while apples and jars of sweets provide edible treats. Among the other items a pipe and packets of tobacco are identifiable.

This very ordinary subject is transformed by the unusual viewpoint taken by Yeats which is really that of a potential customer standing beneath the strong blue canopy. The intense sunshine beams down on this structure and sends a strong blue tinge over the brim of the stallholder’s hat, casting her features in a strange blue shadow. The pole supporting the canopy divides the composition dramatically into two uneven parts.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

Browse the Collection

Browse by: Image / List

  1. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  2. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  3. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  4. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  5. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  11. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  16. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  21. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  22. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  23. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  24. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)