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. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  2. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  3. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  4. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  5. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  6. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  7. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  8. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  9. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  16. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  17. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  21. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  22. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral