The Táin - Cow and calf

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Cow and calf
  • 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)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  2. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  3. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  4. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  7. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  13. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  14. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  15. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  16. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  17. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  18. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  19. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  23. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  24. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy