Date: No Date
Dimensions: 54 x 31cm
Collection: Niland Collection
Constance Gore-Booth was born in London, the eldest child of the Arctic Explorer Sir Henry Gore-Booth. She was brought up at the family home Lissadell, Co. Sligo. She studied in London and in Paris at the Academie Julian, where Paul Henry was her contemporary. In Paris she met the Polish artist Count Casimer Dunin-Markievicz, whose claim to the title of Count has since been disputed, and they were married in London in 1900. Returning to Ireland she exhibited in Dublin with her friend George Russell and was a founding member of the United Arts Club. Like Russell and W.B. Yeats, Gore-Booth was inspired by both the western landscape and the myths and imagery associated with the Celtic Revival.
As the title suggests, the setting for this painting is near Lissadell. W.B. Yeats first visited the house in 1894 and was particularly taken by Constance and her sister Eva. He later came to disapprove of Constance’s involvement in the Easter Rising, in the poem “In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz,” he recalls his early impressions of the two sisters:
“The light of evening, Lissadell
Great windows open to the south
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle”(1).
1. W.B. Yeats, ‘In Memory of Eva Gore-Booth and Con Markiewicz’, The Winding Stair and Other Poems, 1933.
Written by Riann Coulter