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. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  3. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - Portrait
  4. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  5. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Shruna Meala, Rosses Point
  8. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  10. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  13. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  14. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  15. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  16. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  17. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  19. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  22. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  23. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  24. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable