Book Description

[Cuala Press]. YEATS, Jack Butler. A Broadside, No. 5. Fifth Year, For October, 1912. Churchtown, Dundrum, County Dublin: Cuala Press 1912. One of a limited edition of 300 copies printed. With three woodcuts by Jack B. Yeats, two of which (the cover and the larger recto image without text titled ‘THE BANG-THE-DOOR BOYS’ have been hand-coloured by the artist. The cover image accompanies the lyrics to the song ‘My Bonny Labouring Boy’, a love song from Waterford; the top verso images of a girl at a pool in the forest accompanies the poem ‘The Polish Girl’ by Francis MacNamara, the bottom verso image of a girl boiling a pot over an open fire accompanies the four line verse beginning "What will I do if the kettle boils over? . . .". Sheet size: 380 x 280mm. Folded once to make: 190 x 280mm. Small area of browning near the top front cover edge, small crease on fold, rear cover slightly browned , not affecting inner rear image, otherwise a Fine copy, as issued. A superb example with the print looking as if it was printed yesterday and not 110 years ago.
Dealer Notes
Note: A Broadside was issued monthly in a limited edition of 300 copies, printed on fine paper in luxurious type, with woodcuts hand-coloured by one of the foremost illustrators of his day. Hilary Pyle in 'The Different Worlds of Jack B. Yeats: His Cartoons and Illustrators', 1994, describes Yeats's practice in A Broadside as “to publish one or two ballads or poems with two small line block illustrations by himself, and fill in the third page with a single illustration, often a drawing dating from years before". Due to the cost in printing colour images Hilary Pyle could only include 30 colour plates in 'The Different Worlds of Jack B. Yeats: His Cartoons and Illustrators' - 'The Bang-The-Door Boys' was one she choose to highlight.

Jack Butler Yeats (1871–1957) (b London, 29 Aug. 1871; d Dublin, 28 Mar. 1957). The best-known Irish painter of the 20th century, son of John Butler Yeats (1839–1922), a barrister who became a successful portrait painter, and brother of the poet William Butler Yeats. Initially he worked mainly as an illustrator. His subjects included Celtic myth and everyday Irish life, through which he contributed to the upsurge of feeling in the arts that accompanied the movement for Irish independence. He started to work in oils in 1906 and his early paintings were influenced by French Impressionism. Later he developed a more personal Expressionistic style characterized by vivid colour and extremely loose brushwork (there is some similarity to the work of Kokoschka, who became a great friend in the last decade of Yeats's life. Taken from the Tate Gallery site.
Author YEATS, Jack Butler.
Date 1912
Publisher The Cuala Press
Illustrator Jack B. Yeats
Condition See description below.

Price: £500.00

Offered by William Cowan

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