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) - Communicating with Prisoners
  2. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  4. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  5. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  7. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  9. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  15. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  16. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  17. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  18. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  23. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  24. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea