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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Rare Yeats works to be put on display

TWO JACK B. YEATS paintings purchased at Christie's in London last November by a Sligobased buyer for half a million euro will go on show in Sligo next month.

The paintings, 'A Horseman Enters a Town at Night,' painted in 1948, and 'Man in a Room Thinking,' from 1947, had been purchased by the novelist Graham Greene in the 1940s.

It had been thought that the works, which Greene hung in his Paris apartment, had been bought at the auction last November by two separate collectors.

However it has now emerged that they were bought by one buyer from Sligo who paid a grand total of £349,250 for 'A Horseman Enters a Town at Night,' a large oil on canvas, and he also spent £66,050 for 'Man in a Room Thinking,' a smaller oil on board.

The paintings have now been given on loan to the Model Gallery in Sligo for a large exhibition of the artist's work.

Other works to feature in 'Jack B. Yeats: The Outsider,' which opens in the Model on February 6th, include 'The Two Travellers' from the Tate in London museum and 'Men of Destiny' from the National Gallery of Ireland.

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