The Táin - Deer among dolmens

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Deer among dolmens
  • 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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  2. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  3. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  4. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  6. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  13. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  15. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  16. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  18. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea