N05298 W. B. YEATS 1907
Inscr. ‘John’ b.r.
Pencil, 9 3/4×8 1/2 (24×22).
Bequeathed by Sir Hugh Walpole 1941.
Coll: Arthur Tooth & Sons; Leicester Galleries; Hugh Walpole, December 1933.
Exh: Hugh Walpole's Collection, French Gallery, May–June 1937 (11); Arts Council tour, 1948–9 (123).
Lit: John, 1952, pp.100–1.
In a letter to John Quinn, dated 4 October 1907, Yeats wrote: ‘Augustus John has been staying at Coole. He came there to do an etching of me for the collected edition [see N05218].... I don't know what John will make of me. He made a lot of sketches with the brush and the pencil to work the etching from when he went home. I felt rather a martyr going to him ... he exaggerates every little hill and hollow of the face till one looks a gypsy grown old in wickedness and hardship.’
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I