The Only Art of Jack B. Yeats: Letters & Essays

Edited by: Declan J. Foley

Publication Date: July 2009


This volume sheds new light on the life and works of Jack B Yeats, the talented painter and poet too often overshadowed by his older brother William, through a collection of previously published and unpublished letters from John Butler Yeats to his son Jack, and from Jack to his father, John Quinn, ‘The Man from New York’, and Sarah Purser.

Introduced by Bruce Stewart of the University of Coleraine, the work includes essays on Jack B. Yeats by editor and Sligo-man Declan J. Foley, organizer of three John Butler Yeats seminars in Chestertown, upstate New York (JBY’s burial ground), as well as by other scholars of Jack B. Yeats.

The six works Jack B. Yeats exhibited in the New York Armory Show are shown in this volume for the first time, alongside drawings and illustrations by the artist. The relationship between Jack and his father John Butler Yeats, also a painter, is explored in their extensive correspondence.


Declan J. Foley was born in Sligo in 1950, and moved to Melbourne in 1987. He founded the Yeats Society  of Victoria  in 1990 and the Annual  Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia.  He has organised seminars on John Butler Yeats at Chestertown N.Y. and at TCD. His previous book for Lilliput, TheOnly Art of Jack B. Yeats, was published in 2009.

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Weight 1 kg
Dimensions 156 × 235 mm
Publication Date

July 2009


Hardback, 222pp