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Yeats mementos go for €30,000 at auction

ART afficionados are being offered the chance to step back in time and into the studio of late artist Jack Butler Yeats.

A fascinating insight into his working habits is offered in a lot for auction, which includes squeezed paint tubes, stained palettes and used brushes.

When Jack Yeats, the brother of William Butler, died in 1957 he left the contents of his studio to his niece, fellow artist Anne Yeats.

She carefully catalogued and managed her uncle's possessions -- some of which had been left as if the artist was just about to return to his easel.

They included sketchbooks, library, correspondences and other belongings which she presented to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1996.

However, an assortment of items from the studio are to go up for auction at Whyte's in Dublin at the end of the month.

Among the items are one of Yeats's address books which lists many of his close friends and contacts, such as Padraic and Mary Colum in New York, the writer and critic Patrick Kavanagh and the English artist John Piper.

A cheque book covering late 1945 to 1947 reveals the ongoing expenditure in Yeats's domestic life.

Catalogued as lot 49 in Whyte's 30 May auction, the collection is estimated between €20,000 and €30,000.

Viewing will be at the RDS Clyde Rooms, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge from Saturday to Monday, May 28-30, 10am to 6pm daily.

The auction will take place in the same venue on Monday May 30 at 6pm.

Irish Independent