The Táin - Pigs

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Pigs
  • Date
    1969
  • 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) - An Island Man
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  7. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  9. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  10. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  11. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  13. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  14. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  15. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  16. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  18. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  19. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  21. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  23. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland