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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)

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

  • 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)- Market Day
  2. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  3. Jack B. Yeats - White Shower
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  7. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  8. Nick Miller - John McGahern
  9. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  14. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  15. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  16. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  17. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  18. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  20. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  21. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  22. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  23. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  24. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea