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. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  2. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  6. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  7. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  8. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  9. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  10. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  12. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  14. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  16. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  17. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  18. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  21. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  22. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night