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. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  2. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  3. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  4. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  7. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  8. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  10. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  11. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  12. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  13. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  14. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  16. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  17. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  18. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  20. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  23. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  24. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph