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Tuesday 19 November 2019

Yeats painting up for auction


A JACK B Yeats picture, 'A Fair Day, Mayo' with an estimate of €500,000-€800,000 is to go under the hammer in Dublin later this month.

After it was exhibited at the RHA in 1927, Yeats lent it to Eamon de Valera, who hung it in his office on Suffolk Place. It was subsequently acquired by the Reihill family in 1944, before being purchased by J P Reihill Snr, and has remained part of the family collection ever since.

A photocopy of the original receipt dated October 31, 1944, accompanies this lot which will go up for sale at Adams Fine Art Auctioneers in Dublin.

J P Reihill, of Tedcastle, "basically kept us in coal during the War years", said Adams' director David Britton, who is married to J P Reihill's granddaughter, the art historian Karen Reihill. The picture was exhibited at 'The Moderns' exhibition, which ran from October of last year to February of this year at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

The picture, painted in 1925, has featured in all the definitive works on Yeats and was described by art scholar, Hilary Pyle, as "perhaps the last straight painting of the bustle and excitement of a country fair".

It will be on view from Sunday September 25 in Adam's Salesrooms on Stephen's Green, in Dublin.

The auction is on Wednesday, September 28.

Sunday Independent

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