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. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  2. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  3. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  5. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  7. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  12. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  13. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  17. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  18. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  21. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  23. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  24. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene