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IRISH ARTISTS & ILLUSTRATION 1830-1930

Caption:

Artist:
Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet
Materials:
Paper (fiber material), Ink
Techniques:
Photoengraving
Author:
Yeats, Elizabeth Corbet
Title of Publication:
Saint Patrick's breastplate
Publisher:
Cuala Press
Publication place:
Dublin
Publication date:
1920
Curator Comment:
Elizabeth Corbet Yeats, following her departure from the Dun Emer Industries in 1908, set up the Cuala Press. Cuala publications followed Arts and Crafts principles; they were type-set and hand printed on heavy Irish-made paper. Illustrations for the press were provided by Elizabeth Yeats and a ‘stable’ of artists that included her brother Jack Butler Yeats, Beatrice Elvery, Harry Kernoff and Maurice MacGonigal. Whilst images were printed from photoengraved blocks after the artist’s original designs, at times Cuala Press illustrations were augmented with the application of hand-colouring, which was undertaken by Elizabeth Yeats and her assistants.
Note on artwork:
This volume comprises an English translation of a prayer traditionally attributed to Ireland's patron saint, Patrick. It was produced in 1912, in a limited edition of 200. The cover includes Elizabeth C Yeats’ design of a High Cross motif decorated with La Tène-like designs. E C Yeats also provided decorative capitals throughout the publication each of which were hand-coloured.
References:
Snoddy (2002) and ODNB online and DIB online


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