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    Sale 7719

    The Irish and Sporting Art Sale

    8 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 63

    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)

    The Fool Chase

    Price Realised  


    Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
    The Fool Chase
    signed 'JACK B/YEATS' (lower right) and inscribed twice 'The Fool Chase' (on the reverse and on the stretcher)
    oil on canvas
    14 x 18 in. (35.5 x 45.8 cm.)
    Painted in 1942.

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    Pyle comments, 'A clown with a banjo is pursued by a man in fancy cavalier dress, holding a musket, in an open field, perhaps a fairground. They are watched from a distance by some other people.

    The landscape is recognisably an Irish one, with a cottage and a castle. Otherwise the mood is one of fantasy, of a lively and merry character' (Pyle, loc. cit).

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    Purchased by Terence de Vere White at the 1944 exhibition.
    Arland Ussher, 1945.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 26 December 1969, lot 94.
    with Victor Waddington, London.
    Private collection, Dublin, 1969.
    Private collection, Switzerland, 1970.


    H. Pyle, Jack B. Yeats A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings I, London, 1992, p. 491, no. 535, illustrated.


    Dublin, National College of Art, Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1944, no. 78.
    Dublin, National College of Art, National Loan Exhibition, June - July 1945, no. 114.
    Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, 1957, no. 84.