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Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man

The Metal Man

Jack B. Yeats (1871 – 1957)

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

  • Artist
    Jack B. Yeats
  • Title
    The Metal Man
  • Date
    c. 1895
  • Dimensions
    25.5 × 16.5cm
  • Medium
    Watercolour
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Purchased by Dawson Gallery, Dublin in 1966
Description

The Metal Man stands on a plinth at the mouth of the harbour at Rosses Point, Co. Sligo. It was erected in Napoleonic times as is evident from its distinctive costume. Its purpose was to guide ships into the safe channel. The extended arm of the Metal Man shows the way. This very early watercolour gives a close-up view of the monument as though sketched from the sea immediately beneath. The Metal Man recurs in several subsequent paintings and drawings by Yeats, most notably as an illustration in his book, Life in the West of Ireland, (1912). The much-loved figure symbolised both childhood memories of Sligo and the adventure of the sea-faring life.

Written by Roisin Kennedy

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  1. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  2. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary
  3. Kathy Prendergast (b.1958) - Untitled
  4. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Cartoon for Figure of Christ
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  7. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Lion
  8. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Sea and the Lighthouse
  10. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  12. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-G’Morrow Strawberry
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland
  17. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  18. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  21. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  22. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  23. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  24. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt