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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption: Fornent him there sat on his haunches a comely-looking greyhound.

Caption:
Fornent him there sat on his haunches a comely-looking greyhound.
Artist:
Yeats, Jack Butler
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Photoengraving
Author:
Yeats, William B.
Title of Publication:
Irish fairy tales
Publisher:
T. Fisher Unwin
Publication place:
London
Publication date:
1892
Curator Comment:
This is an illustration to the story, 'The fairy greyhound', in which Paddy M'Dermid, inspired by a drunken dream, digs in search of 'a pot of money', only to be interrupted by a speaking greyhound. After various encounters he is shown the fairy underworld only to be flung from 'a great high hill'. From then until his death 'he was the greatest object in the world. He walked double and had his mouth (God bless us) where his ear should be'.
Note on artwork:
A man, waist-deep in a hole, looks up and raises his hat to a greyhound. The tone of the image is given by patterns of directional hatching which is made more dense where darker areas are given and omitted in the highlights.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online and Grove Art online


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