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

The Light of Towns

Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
The Light of Towns
signed 'JACK B/YEATS' (lower left), inscribed 'THE LIGHT OF TOWNS' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
14 x 18 in. (35.6 x 45.7 cm.)
Painted in 1947.
Purchased directly from the artist by L. Smith in 1948.
Dr J.F. McGrath, Cape Town, by 1992.
H. Pyle, Jack B. Yeats: A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Volume II, London, 1992, p. 738, no. 816.
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Lot Essay

Hilary Pyle writes, ‘Bright lights are reflected in the sky, below the clouds, coming from two towns in the distance. On a road leading to the two towns walks a man dressed in rags. Another ragged man leans against a house, his hands in his trouser pockets, facing away from the towns. ‘The artist told the owner that “as a young man he was living somewhere in England with his father. Just after dark one night he walked outside and saw lights in the distance. Hailing a policeman he enquired what the lights were and was told, ‘them is the lights of towns, sir’”. Long years after he painted the scene from memory (Dr. F. J. McGrath to author, 24 March 1967)’ (H. Pyle, op.cit., p. 738).

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