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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  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  4. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  7. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  9. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  10. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  11. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  12. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  14. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  15. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  18. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  19. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  21. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  22. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  24. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)