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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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  2. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  3. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  5. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  8. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  11. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  13. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  14. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  15. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  16. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  21. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  22. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  23. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window