The Táin - The Morrígan

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - The Morrígan
  • Date
    1969
  • 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. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  4. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  5. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  7. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  10. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  12. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  13. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  14. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  17. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  19. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  21. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  24. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke