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. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  3. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  7. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  8. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  9. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  11. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  12. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  15. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  16. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  17. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  18. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  19. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  21. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  22. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  24. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer