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. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  5. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  6. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  7. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  8. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  11. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  12. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  14. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  15. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  16. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  17. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  19. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  22. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre