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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. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  2. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  4. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  7. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  8. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  11. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  12. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  14. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  15. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  16. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  17. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point