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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang

The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and The Gang

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and The Gang
  • Date
    1900
  • Dimensions
    8 × 11cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented to Sligo County Library and Museum, 1965 by James A. Healy as a memorial to his parents John and Catherine Healy
Description

The five separate watercolours were based on sketches of men working on the Sligo quays at the turn of the 20th century. They were exhibited in Dublin in 1900 and purchased by John Quinn in 1902. Painted on the back of invitation cards to Jack Yeats’s 1899 Sketches in the West of Ireland exhibition, the five paintings were framed together by the artist to form one complete work. They show different workers involved in the shipping business in Sligo with which Yeats was very familiar. His grandfather William Pollexfen was the owner of a large merchant shipping concern in the town and Yeats spent much of his childhood in the company of his grandfather’s employees.

The paintings depict the bay pilot, who surveys the view with binoculars in hand, and the river pilot with peaked cap whose job was to guide the ships up the inlet of the sea at Rosses Point into Sligo town. The three other figures, the stevedore, the ganger and the gand are involved in the loading and unloading of the ships’ cargo. All these figures recur in Yeats’s later work but the most significant is the river pilot whose distinctive beard, cap and white shirt reappear in many later paintings.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  2. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  4. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  11. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  13. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  14. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  18. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  20. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  22. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man