The Táin - Medb

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Medb
  • 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. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  4. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  9. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  12. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  14. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  16. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  17. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  18. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  20. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  21. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners