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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man

The Metal Man

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Metal Man
  • Date
    c. 1895
  • Dimensions
    25.5 × 16.5cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by Dawson Gallery, Dublin in 1966
Description

The Metal Man stands on a plinth at the mouth of the harbour at Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. It was erected in Napoleonic times as is evident from its distinctive costume. Its purpose was to guide ships into the safe channel. The extended arm of the Metal Man shows the way. This very early watercolour gives a close-up view of the monument as though sketched from the sea immediately beneath. The Metal Man recurs in several subsequent paintings and drawings by Yeats, most notably as an illustration in his book, Life in the West of Ireland, (1912). The much-loved figure symbolised both childhood memories of Sligo and the adventure of the sea-faring life.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  4. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  5. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  13. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  14. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  15. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  16. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  17. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  18. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  19. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  20. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  21. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  22. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  23. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  24. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty