Artist biography

Jack Butler YEATS 1871–1957

Painter and draughtsman of Irish life, and writer. Born 29 August 1871 in London, son of John Butler Yeats, R.H.A., and brother of William Butler Yeats, the poet. Studied at the Westminster School of Art under Fred Brown. Worked first as a graphic artist, illustrator and watercolourist. Although his earliest oils date from about 1897, he did not work regularly in oils until 1905. Influenced by the French Impressionists in Sir Hugh Lane's Collection. Exhibited at the R.H.A. from 1899; A.R.H.A. 1914, R.H.A. 1915. Officer of the Legion of Honour 1949. Author of The Broadsheet monthly 1902–3, later The Broadside 1908–15; Life in the West of Ireland 1912; Sligo 1930; The Amaranthers 1936; The Careless Flower 1947, and others, including the plays Harlequin's Positions 1939, La, La Noo 1942, and In Sand 1949. Retrospective exhibitions at the National Gallery, London, 1942, Dublin 1945, Temple Newsam, Leeds, and the Tate Gallery 1948, etc. An exhibition of his last works was shown at the Waddington Galleries, London, 1958. Died in Dublin 28 March 1957.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II