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. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  3. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  4. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  6. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  7. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  10. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  12. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  14. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  15. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  17. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  18. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  19. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  20. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  21. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  22. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  24. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled