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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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  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  5. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
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  7. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  9. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  13. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  15. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  16. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  19. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  24. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer