A present with cast-iron provenance

What, one wonders, did the boy of 12 make of the birthday present from his papa, an oil painting by Jack B Yeats.

24th March, 2012
A present with cast-iron provenance
Jack B Yeats's possible self-portrait The Novelist is expected to fetch €100,000-€150,000.

What, one wonders, did the boy of 12 make of the birthday present from his papa, an oil painting by Jack B Yeats? Was he already a fledgling collector, or would he have preferred a bicycle? Possibly not: his mother was Betty Jellett, Mainie's sister, and Sarah Purser was his aunt.

The Novelist dates from 1944, when Yeats had stopped writing to devote himself to painting. The lone central figure is possibly a self portrait that...

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