28 November 1996
Jack Butler Yeats, R.H.A. (1871-1957)
Dublin, Number One Ferry - Dinner Hour
signed 'Jack B. Yeats' (lower right), inscribed 'Dublin Number One Dinner Hour' (on the stretcher), inscribed again 'Number One Ferry' (three times on the canvas overlap)
oil on canvas
20 x 27 in. (51 x 68.5 cm.)
Painted in 1927
Victor Waddington, London.
New Grafton Gallery, London, 1969, where purchased by the present owner's father.
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H. Pyle, Jack B. Yeats A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings II, London, 1992, no.323, p.295 (illustrated), and III, p.138 (illustrated).
Hilary Pyle (loc. cit) comments of this work 'Two girl's heads are seen to the left, with a man wearing a cap, who stands beside them on the ferry. The water stretching behind them and the city on the horizon are rendered in rich dark colours, under a pale grey-blue sky'. Hilary Pyle considers that the paintings of the River Liffey are among the artist's most romantic, and the paintings from the late 1920s executed during his most romantic period.
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