This image is subject to copyright and cannot be downloaded or reproduced without written permission.
Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill

The Crest of the Hill

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Crest of the Hill
  • Date
    1904
  • Dimensions
    53.5 × 73cm
  • 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

When shown in New York in 1904, the occasion of the artist’s only visit to the United States, the New York Times described the painting as ‘An Irish farmer on horseback resting with his feet out of stirrups as he reaches for his pipe during the wait in a fox hunt’. Certainly the figure seems to be taking a rest and surveying the scene around him although there is no suggestion of other figures or the excitement and noise of a hunt.

The low viewpoint looking up at the large figure of the man and his mount, adds to the dignity and authority of the farmer. Beneath him extends an expanse of open countryside leading to the sea with mountains dominating the horizon. The boggy, rocky ground on which the horse stands, is richly coloured in blues, greens, browns and purples. The enormous attention given to the sky which takes up four fifths of the composition lends an exotic note to the painting, suggesting the strangeness of the locality in which the farmer lives, right at the edge of the land.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

Browse the Collection

Browse by: Image / List

  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  2. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  3. atrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  4. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  5. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  6. Patrick Hall - Angels Ascending and Descending with Heavenly Spectators
  7. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  12. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  13. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Turf-Gatherer
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  15. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- An Island Funeral
  17. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  18. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  19. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Singing “The beautiful Picture“
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  22. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  24. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower