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Jack B. Yeats
Birth: Aug. 24, 1871
Greater London, England
Death: Mar. 28, 1957
Dublin
County Dublin, Ireland

British (Irish) painter. Jack Butler Yeats was born at 23 Fitzroy Street in London, the youngest of five children of John Butler Yeats, a lawyer turned painter, and his wife, Susan Mary Pollexfen. The eldest of the five was the poet, William Butler Yeats (q.v.) Both parents were Irish Protestants and, when Jack was eight, he was sent to County Sligo to join his maternal grandparents. He remained there until 1888, when he went to study at the Westminster School of Art. In 1894, he married a fellow art student, Mary Cottenham White; three years afterwards, they moved to Devon. Yeats began his career by contributing black-and-white illustrations to books and periodicals. Between 1890 and 1900, he held a number of one-man exhibitions of his drawings and watercolours in London, then moved to Ireland, where he and his wife spent the rest of their lives. In 1913, five oil paintings by Yeats were displayed at the Armory Exhibition in New York City, after which he concentrated on that medium. In addition to his paintings, which included scenes of horse racing and boxing matches as well as Irish landscapes, Yeats wrote many articles for publication, and had three plays produced at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. Mary died on the 28th. April 1947 and, a few years after that, Jack left their house at 18 Fitzwilliam Square in Dublin, and moved into the Portobello Nursing Home near the Grand Canal, where he died. His funeral service was held at St. Stephen's Church in Mount Street Crescent. It was decided not to use on his tombstone the epitaph he had written for himself: "Under no stones / Nor slates / Lies Jack B. Yeats / No heaped up rocks / Just a collection box / And we thought a Nation's folly / Would like to be jolly / And bury in state / This singular Yeat / But they were not so inclined / Therefore if you've a mind / To slide a copper in the slot / "Twill help to sod the plot."  (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
 
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Mount Jerome Cemetery and Crematorium
Dublin
County Dublin, Ireland
 
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Oct 30, 2004
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Jack B. Yeats
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Jack B. Yeats
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
 
Jack B. Yeats
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
 
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- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
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- Jackie Howard
 Added: Mar. 28, 2013
Remembering you today with deep appreciation for all that you did for Irish Art -- our greatest and most original painter , Rest in peace .
- Patrick Halloran
 Added: Mar. 28, 2013
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