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. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  2. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  4. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  7. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  9. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  10. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  11. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  13. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  16. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  17. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  24. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot