The Táin - Cúchulainn confronting Ferdia

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Cúchulainn confronting Ferdia
  • Date
    1969
  • Dimensions
    38 × 54cm
  • 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. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  2. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  3. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  4. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  7. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  8. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  10. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  14. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  15. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  16. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  17. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  18. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  20. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  21. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  22. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  24. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill