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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Title: Nathaniel Hone, RHA

Title of artwork:
Nathaniel Hone, RHA
Artist:
Yeats, John Butler
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Chromolithography
Engraver:
Photographic process
Author:
Anon.
Title of Publication:
Shanachie
Publisher:
Maunsel and Co.
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1907
Curator Comment:
‘The Shanachie: an illustrated Irish miscellany’ was first issued in 1906 and published by Maunsel and Co. Ltd, and was edited by the company’s founder Joseph Maunsell Hone. Containing literary material and social commentary, this ‘little magazine’ included contributions from leading writers of the Irish revival, among them were AE (George Russell), Lord Dunsany, Lady Gregory, Seumas O’Sullivan, George Bernard Shaw, JM Synge and WB Yeats.
Note on artwork:
This image is a photographic reproduction after a portrait drawing by the painter John B Yeats, and is dated 1907, the year of the periodical’s publication. It has all the appearance of having been executed from life. Yeats’ portrait drawings are among his most accomplished works. The sitter, the painter Nathaniel Hone the Younger (1831 –1917), exudes an energy and vitality that is immediately striking as he addresses the viewer directly. The form and features of the figure emerges from sketchy, textured linear strokes, the face is modelled from a more pliable material, such as pastel. The quality of the photographic reproduction is limited.
References:
Snoddy, DIB online


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