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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. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  2. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Sean Milroy
  3. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  4. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  5. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  6. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  7. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  8. Norah McGuinness - Les Bigoudenes
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  10. James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903) - Maunder’s Fishshop, Chelsea
  11. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  12. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  13. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  14. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - Landscape with Woman and Children
  15. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Self Portrait
  17. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - The Great Breath
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Leaving the Far Point
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  22. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Old Kitty
  23. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Kitsy Franklin
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man