The Táin - A flock of birds

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - A flock of birds
  • Date
    1969
  • Dimensions
    54 × 38cm
  • Medium
    Lithograph on Swiftbrook paper
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Edition of 70 proofs Purchased in 1970
Description

The original Táin published by Dolmen Press in 1969 was applauded as being the great Irish livre d’artiste of the twentieth century comprises 123 illustrations. The same year, the artist produced The Táin portfolios (1969) consisting of three sets of twelve black and white lithographic brush drawings selected from the Táin and grouped by theme. In total, 36 sheets plus five ‘Individual Subjects’ and four chromo-lithographic ‘Epic Shields’ separate.

The Táin portfolios consist of limited editions of 70 proofs each sheet individually signed, dated and numbered by the artist including portfolio numbers (I, II, & III).

Printed by Frank O’Reilly, Dublin, on Swiftbrook paper, each 54 × 38 (38 × 54) cm. Large folios, unbound with title pages and black interleaves. Boxed by Museum Bookbinders, Dublin, black boards stamped in white in a design by the artist.

The Niland house in its collection 15 lithographs out of the 45 that make up The Táin portfolios.

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  2. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  4. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  5. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  6. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  10. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  12. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  15. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  17. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  19. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  23. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath