This image is subject to copyright and cannot be downloaded or reproduced without written permission.
Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary

William and Mary

Sean Keating PRHA (1889 – 1977)

© Estate of Sean Keating. All rights reserved

  • Artist
    Sean Keating PRHA
  • Title
    William and Mary
  • Date
    N.D.
  • Dimensions
    63 × 55.5cm
  • Medium
    Pastel on paper
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented by Haverty Trust
Description

Keating’s first visit to the Aran Islands in 1914 had a deep impact on his life and art.

He concluded that the essence of Irishness resided in the inhabitants of the west and in works such as William and Mary he elevated country folk to native nobility.

Although many of his representations of western figures appear to be types rather than individuals, he did use his friends and acquaintances as models and sometimes recycled faces in a number of different works. The model for William in this piece also appears in a pastel sketch known as Two Men with Wine Goblets and has been identified as a rather caricatured portrait of Michael P. Cronin of Dromscarra, Kiskeam, Co. Cork, who also sat for Keating’s Republican Court, 1921, painted in 1946.

This work was presented to the Model and Niland Collection by the Haverty Trust which was established to encourage Irish art by purchasing works and donating them to public institutions. The Trust made its first purchases in 1930 and, as they usually bought contemporary work, William and Mary is likely to date from after that date and may have been produced around 1946 when Keating was working on Republican Court, 1921.

Written by Riann Coulter

Browse the Collection

Browse by: Image / List

  1. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  2. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  5. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  6. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  7. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  8. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  9. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  10. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  12. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  13. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  22. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  23. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners