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. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  2. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  5. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  6. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  7. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  8. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  9. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  11. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  13. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  14. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  15. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  16. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  17. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  19. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  20. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  21. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  22. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  24. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)