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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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  1. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  5. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  6. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  7. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  8. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  9. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  10. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  14. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  15. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  16. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  17. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  18. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  19. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  20. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  23. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  24. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)