YEATS, Jack B.: The Aran Islands. By J. M. Synge. With drawings by Jack B. Yeats


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Dublin: Maunsel, London: Mathews, 1907. Medium octavo. pp. xii, 190. Blue cloth, title in gilt on upper cover and on spine. From the library of Dermod O'Brien of Cahermoyle, inscribed thus on front free endpaper. A couple of nicks to head of spine. Mild foxing to endpapers. A very good copy.

Frontispiece and 11 other plates by Jack B. Yeats. The drawings depicting Island life including: The Island Man, The Pier, The Hooker's Owner, Kelp-making, Carrying Seaweed for kelp, The Evictions, A Four oared Curragh, Thatching, Porter, An Island Horseman, The Man Who Told Stories. Dermod O'Brien had a significant role in the Irish art world during his life, serving as President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Governor of the National Gallery, supporting Hugh Lane's project to secure a premises for a modern art gallery, and playing an active part in organising Oireachtas exhibitions. He designed the Ploughman series of banknotes. He held the office of High Sheriff of County Limerick in 1916 and served as Deputy Lieutenant of County Limerick. O'Brien served in the Artists' Rifles during the First World War.


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