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. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  2. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  5. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  8. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  9. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  14. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  18. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  19. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  20. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  21. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  22. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  23. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  24. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer