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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)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  2. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  3. Percy French (1854 - 1920) - A view of Sligo Quay
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Communicating with Prisoners
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Johnny Paterson singing ’Bridget Donoghue’
  7. George William Russell(AE) (1867-1935) - The Sower
  8. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Sailor home from the sea
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Car is at the door
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  11. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  12. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - Country Scene
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  14. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Jennie Mitchell
  17. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  18. Louis le Brocquy - Hell Fire Club from Tibradden
  19. Jack B. Yeats - Crest of the Hill
  20. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  21. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Stargazer
  22. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man