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. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  2. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  4. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  5. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  7. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  8. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  9. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  12. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  13. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  15. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  16. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  17. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  19. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  20. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  21. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  22. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  23. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)