Portrait of Jack B.Yeats

George Campbell RHA (1917 – 1979)

  • Artist
    George Campbell RHA
  • Title
    Portrait of Jack B.Yeats
  • Date
    1950
  • Dimensions
    18 × 23cm
  • Medium
    Pastel
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by Mr. P Glendon in 1961, from The Ritchie Hendriks Gallery
Description

Born in Wicklow and educated in Dublin, George Campbell lived in Belfast for many years where he became associated with progressive painters including Gerard Dillon and Dan O’Neill. Like many of his contemporaries, Campbell was inspired by the west of Ireland and painted numerous images of Travellers and landscapes of Connemara. His other great influences were the music and culture of Spain. From his first visit in 1951, Campbell was enchanted by the Spanish way of life and began to split his time between Ireland and Málaga. A talented musician, he studied Flamenco guitar and eventually became a recognised expert in the style. In 2003 Campbell’s contribution to the music and art of Málaga was recognised when a street in the town was renamed in his honour.

Campbell was a great admirer of Jack B. Yeats and the two artists enjoyed discussing their shared passions of horse racing, rowing and boxing. Like Yeats, Campbell painted what he knew:

“I only paint … people whom I know very well. I know guitar players. I know men who dig in fields. I know tinkers and gypsies. I don’t ever try to step out of what I know best” (1).

1. George Campbell, George Campbell: A Tribute, exhibition catalogue, Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin, March 2003.

Written by Riann Coulter

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  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  8. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  9. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  10. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  12. Rita Duffy (b.1959) -Seige ||
  13. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  14. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  15. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  18. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  20. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  21. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  22. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral