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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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  8. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  9. Sean McSweeney - The Road
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  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Untitled, the interior of a shop
  12. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  14. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Political Meeting (in the West Of Ireland)
  15. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  16. Patrick Scott (b. 1921) - Bog Sun (16)
  17. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-A Western Town, Night
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957) - An Island Man
  20. Nick Miller - Portrait of Barrie Cooke
  21. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  22. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)-Red Hanrahan’s Vision
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  24. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Strand Races, West Of Ireland