The Táin - Leaping wolfhound

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Leaping wolfhound
  • 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. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  3. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  4. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  7. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  9. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  12. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  14. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  15. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  16. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  17. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  18. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point