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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  3. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  4. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  12. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  13. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  14. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  15. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  17. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’