Tuesday 17 September 2019

Jack B. Yeats painting to fetch €150k at auction

Ciara Galvin

In the first sale of the season, art work by Sligo's son Jack B. Yeats is set to fetch between €150,000 and €180,000.

Brother of Nobel Laureate William Butler Yeats, Jack's 1946 oil work 'Hope' is top of Whyte's auction of Irish and International Art which tales place at the RDS on September 16th.

The painting which depicts a night time scene presents a small boat in the middle of the ocean which is being guided by a figure.

Whyte's catalogue says the details in the work are deliberately unclear, 'forcing the viewer to engage physically with the work'

It is presented in its original hand carved Waddington frame and has been in a private collection for the past twenty years. A selection of

Jack B. Yeats drawings are also on offer including a 1913 ink and watercolour titled The Lottery which carries a guide between €8,000 and €10,000.

Yeats lived in Sligo with his maternal grandparents until the age of 16 before returning to his parents, portraitist John, and mother, Susan Mary Pollexfen.

Though arguably the lesser known Yeats, the artist holds the distinction of being Ireland's first medalist at the Olympic Games in the wake of creation of the Irish Free State. At the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, Yeats' painting The Liffey Swim won a silver medal in the arts and culture segment of the Games.

The auction is thought to have a combined worth of approximately €1.2million and includes works by John Yeats and daughters Susan Mary (Lily) and her sister Elizabeth (Lolly).

Bidders can view the sale at

Sligo Champion