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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision

Red Hanrahan's Vision

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    Red Hanrahan's Vision
  • Date
    c. 1896
  • Dimensions
    36 × 26cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased from the Dawson gallery in 1968 by Sligo County Library and Museum.
Description

This monochrome watercolour is an illustration to W.B. Yeats’s Stories of Red Hanrahan, which first appeared in The Secret Rose, (1897). This mystical text centres on the character of Red, a poet who sees the lovers of Ireland walking in procession on Ben Bulben. In this scene he stands and shouts to banish the ghost of one of these unhappy lovers, Devorgilla. The story and Yeats’s illustration of it are closely connected to the landscape and mythology of Sligo. Red Hanrahan stands on the dramatic rock of Lugnagall beneath which the Sligo countryside expands. Behind the gesturing figure the distinctive profile of Knocknarea with the tomb of Queen Meabh on its summit adds to the mystery and power of the landscape.

The painting was never published as an illustration and remained in Jack Yeats’s possession. His father, John Butler Yeats, provided the illustrations for W.B.’s book. The theme of Red Hanrahan recurs in Jack’s later work. It provided for him as with W.B. a fascinating symbol of the special relationship that exists between the artist and the mythical and historical significance of the land.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  3. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  6. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  9. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  11. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  14. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  15. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  16. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  18. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  20. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang