Figures

Augustus John (1878 – 1961)

  • Artist
    Augustus John
  • Title
    Figures
  • Date
    N.D.
  • Dimensions
    29.5 × 39.25cm
  • Medium
    Ink on paper
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by James A Healy, 1975 (Josephine C Healy Memorial Collection)
Description

Augustus John was a great friend of the Irish artist William Orpen, whom he had met while they were both students at the Slade School of Art, and it was probably with Orpen that he first visited Ireland in 1907. On that occasion he visited Lady Gregory at Coole Park and drew a portrait of W.B. Yeats. During his second trip in 1915, John was a guest of Robert Gregory at Coole and also travelled to Galway where he executed a number of drawings of local people, including sketches for the triptych Galway, now in the collection of the Tate Gallery, London. Galway was the largest mural painting that John was ever to produce and he embarked on it with the intention of creating ‘a vast picture synthesizing all that’s fine and characteristic in Galway City – a grand marshalling of the elements’.

Although the figures in this ink sketch do not appear in the mural Galway, the similarity of dress and appearance suggests that this is one of the works that John executed in Ireland. The drawing was probably bought from John by his Irish-American patron, John Quinn and later came into the collection of James A. Healy.

Written by Riann Coulter

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  18. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  20. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
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  22. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy