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. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  2. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  3. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  6. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  9. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  12. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  14. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  15. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  18. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  19. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  24. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats