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Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre

The Toy Theatre

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

© Estate of Jack B Yeats. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2013

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Toy Theatre
  • Date
    c. 1910
  • Dimensions
    27 × 37.5cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by Sligo County Library and Museum from Dawson Gallery, 1964
Description

A young boy in an old fashioned costume is playing with a cut-out theatre. His youth is accentuated by his having to stand on a stool to reach up to the table. The theatre is like the ones that Jack Yeats designed and made in the early 1900s to entertain the local children in Devon where he was living at the time. A number of these plays were published and they feature similar stories of pirates and hidden treasure as seen in the one in this painting. Yeats had an abiding passion for the theatre especially for melodrama.

Behind the boy, through the window, can be seen a large house and beyond it a ship at anchor. This setting has been identified as Sligo where Yeats would have spent many hours as a child playing in this solitary fashion with his mind full of the sea and nautical adventures. His grandfather, William Pollexfen, ran a shipping business in the town and Yeats seems in this painting to deliberately juxtapose the imagination of the child with the reality of the adult world beyond the playroom window.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  3. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  4. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
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  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  11. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  12. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  14. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  15. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  17. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  19. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  20. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  21. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  22. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  23. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  24. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy