The Táin - The bull of Cuailnge

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - The bull of Cuailnge
  • Date
    1969
  • Dimensions
    54 × 38cm
  • 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. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  3. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  7. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  10. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  13. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  15. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  16. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  17. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  21. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel