Portrait of William Butler Yeats

Augustus Edwin John R.A., O.M., 1878 - 1961

Portrait of William Butler Yeats

Augustus Edwin John R.A., O.M. 1878 - 1961


A post-impressionist bust-length portrait of a man seen in three-quarter view to the left. He is depicted in a dark grey, nearly black jacket, and a white shirt with a large, floppy bow tie. He has dark hair, which is parted at the brow, and much of his face is in shadow, in particular the near side and his eye sockets, creating an overall impression of someone dark and brooding. The background is green.

Display Label

G10.3 William Butler Yeats 1907 Augustus John 1878-1961 Oil on canvas This expressive portrait of the famous Irish poet, with its convincing pose and confident handling, shows why John was so revered by Valette's students Purchased 1928.79

Object Name

Portrait of William Butler Yeats

Date Created



framed: 105.5cm x 80.2cm
unframed: 76.2cm x 51.2cm

accession number


Place of creation

Coole Park




oil paint


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