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. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  2. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  3. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  4. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  6. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  9. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  13. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  15. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  17. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  18. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  19. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  21. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  24. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell