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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) - An Island Man
  2. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  3. Norah McGuinness (1903 - 1980) - Hanrahan’s Vision (Illustrations for The Stories of Red Hanrahan)
  4. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Fortune and her wheel
  5. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- He wins
  6. Louis le Brocquy - Study towards an Image of W.B. Yeats
  7. Sean McSweeney - The Road
  8. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  9. Constance Gore-Booth (1868 - 1927) - Untitled (Holloway Jail)
  10. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Douglas Hyde
  11. Patrick Hall - Jesus Walking on the Sea
  12. Estella Solomons - Woman in Riding Habit
  13. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of John O’Leary
  14. Sean Keating (1889-1977)- Head of a Boy
  15. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals
  16. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats as a child
  17. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - Self Portrait
  18. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Bay Pilot, The River Pilot, The Stevedore, The Ganger and the Gang
  20. Sir William Orpen RHA, RA AWS (1878-1931) - Portrait of Michael Davitt
  21. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  22. Estella Solomons - Portrait of a Woman
  23. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  24. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979)- Port Rachrainn