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

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

The Amateur Ventriloquist

signed lower right Jack B. Yeats, inscribed on the stretcher The Amateur Ventriloquist Driving Sheep over Westminster Bridge indistinctly signed and inscribed again on a label on the frameThe Amateur Ventriloquist Jack B. Yeats RHA, oil on canvas, 18 x 24in. (46 x 61cm.)

Painted in 1945
Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin, where purchased by Senator John E. MacEllin, 1946 thence to Mrs Una MacEllin, Dublin
Private Collection
H. Pyle, Jack B Yeats A Catalogue Raisonne of the Oil Paintings, II, London, 1992, no.729
Leeds, Temple Newsan House, Jack B Yeats, 19 , no.58

Lot Essay

Hilary Pyle comments on this work 'The amateur ventriloquist, according to the artist's records, is 'driving sheep over Westminster Bridge'. The scene is in a theatre, with the audience silhouetted in the foreground'
(H. Pyle loc. cit.)

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