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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang

The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and The Gang

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and The Gang
  • Date
    1900
  • Dimensions
    8 × 11cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Presented to Sligo County Library and Museum, 1965 by James A. Healy as a memorial to his parents John and Catherine Healy
Description

The five separate watercolours were based on sketches of men working on the Sligo quays at the turn of the 20th century. They were exhibited in Dublin in 1900 and purchased by John Quinn in 1902. Painted on the back of invitation cards to Jack Yeats’s 1899 Sketches in the West of Ireland exhibition, the five paintings were framed together by the artist to form one complete work. They show different workers involved in the shipping business in Sligo with which Yeats was very familiar. His grandfather William Pollexfen was the owner of a large merchant shipping concern in the town and Yeats spent much of his childhood in the company of his grandfather’s employees.

The paintings depict the bay pilot, who surveys the view with binoculars in hand, and the river pilot with peaked cap whose job was to guide the ships up the inlet of the sea at Rosses Point into Sligo town. The three other figures, the stevedore, the ganger and the gand are involved in the loading and unloading of the ships’ cargo. All these figures recur in Yeats’s later work but the most significant is the river pilot whose distinctive beard, cap and white shirt reappear in many later paintings.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  3. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  5. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  8. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  9. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  10. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  11. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  14. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  15. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  19. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  20. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  21. Artist Unknown - Portrait of a Girl
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  23. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  24. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows