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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  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
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  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  10. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  12. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  13. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  14. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  15. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  17. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  20. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  22. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  23. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point