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)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  2. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  3. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  4. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  5. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  11. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  13. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  19. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  21. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  23. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang