The Táin - The boy Cúchulainn armed

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - The boy Cúchulainn armed
  • 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. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  3. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  5. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  6. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  7. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  8. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  9. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  10. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  11. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  12. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  14. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  15. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  17. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  18. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  19. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  20. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  24. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy