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Lot 477/0214

SOLD Hammer price: €420, Estimate: €550-750

Yeats (Jack B.) Two good Autograph signed Letters to the painter Patric Stevenson, the first dated Nov. 18, 1950, 2pp (single sheet), thanking for ‘what you say of my exhibition at the Tate – which I did not see myself. If Ivor Hitchens is the painter who uses a fine colour which is like a bright bay horse in sunshine and in shadow, then I do admire his work.’ He invites Stevenson to visit him in Dublin, ‘but you will not see my wife, an she would have liked to see you, for she died in the Spring of 1947…’ . The second letter, from Portobello House (‘temporary address’) March 20th, 1956, regrets he is unable to get to Stevenon’s exhibition in Belfast, and mentions a photograph with Alfie Byrne. ‘He kept himself always a steadily burning bright little candle, and his lines so clean in a grubby world. I think he was a success in that he was what he wanted.’ Both letters with good signatures, and with orig. envelopes addressed in Yeats’ hand. As m/ss., w.a.f. (2)

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