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Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Mare and Foals

The Táin - Mare and foals

Louis le Brocquy (1916 – 2012)

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  • Artist
    Louis le Brocquy
  • Title
    The Táin - Mare and foals
  • Date
    1969
  • Dimensions
    54 × 38cm
  • Medium
    Lithograph on swiftbrook paper
  • Collection
    Niland Collection
  • Provenance
    Edition of 70 proofs Purchased in 1970
Description

The original Táin published by Dolmen Press in 1969 was applauded as being the great Irish livre d’artiste of the twentieth century comprises 123 illustrations. The same year, the artist produced The Táin portfolios (1969) consisting of three sets of twelve black and white lithographic brush drawings selected from the Táin and grouped by theme. In total, 36 sheets plus five ‘Individual Subjects’ and four chromo-lithographic ‘Epic Shields’ separate.

The Táin portfolios consist of limited editions of 70 proofs each sheet individually signed, dated and numbered by the artist including portfolio numbers (I, II, & III).

Printed by Frank O’Reilly, Dublin, on Swiftbrook paper, each 54 × 38 (38 × 54) cm. Large folios, unbound with title pages and black interleaves. Boxed by Museum Bookbinders, Dublin, black boards stamped in white in a design by the artist.

The Niland house in its collection 15 lithographs out of the 45 that make up The Táin portfolios.

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  1. Rita Duffy (b.1959) - Belfast Pieta
  2. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) Portrait of Susan Mary (Lily) Yeats
  3. Louis le Brocquy - The Táin - Cúchulainn mounting into his chariot
  4. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Susan Mitchell
  5. Norah McGuinness - Tide Receding, Dublin Bay
  6. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- A Sunday Morning in Sligo
  7. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Simon the Cyrenian
  8. Marie Foley (b. 1959) - To Measure the Immeasurable
  9. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - Singing The Minstrel Boy
  10. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Funeral of Harry Boland
  11. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Portrait Figure of an Irish Gentleman
  12. Maurice MacGonigal, PRHA (1900 - 1979) - The Gathering
  13. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- The Metal Man
  14. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Shining Shallows
  15. John B. Yeats (1839-1922) - Portrait of Augusta Gregory
  16. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Market Day
  17. Henri Fantin-Latour (1836-1904) - Wood Nymph
  18. Jack B. Yeats (1871 - 1957) - The Toy Theatre
  19. Jack B. Yeats (1871-1957)- Mountain window
  20. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935)- Landscape with Picnic Scene
  21. George William Russell (AE) (1867-1935) - Portrait of Mary Colum
  22. Constance Gore-Booth (1868-1927) - Untitled
  23. Estella Solomons - Portrait of Jack B. Yeats
  24. Sean Keating PRHA (1889 - 1979) - William and Mary