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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 (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  3. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  4. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  5. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  6. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  10. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  12. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  14. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  16. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  17. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  20. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  21. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window