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. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  3. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  4. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  5. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  6. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  11. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  12. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  16. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  23. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  24. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals