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W.B. Yeats (1865-1939), Poet and dramatist; son of John Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats

Sitter in 59 portraits
Poet and dramatist of Irish origin, son of the artist J.B. Yeats. Yeats was prominent in both English and Irish literary circles and played a large part in the revival of Celtic literature and the Irish theatre; helped to establish the Abbey Theatre in Dublin as a national institution and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1923). A poet of expressive force and lyrical beauty whose work underwent profound development between The Celtic Twilight (1893) and The Winding Stair (1929). His 'Easter 1916' (1916) and 'An Irishman Foresees his Death' (1919) offer an unusual perspective on the First World War- a conflict that bitterly divided his own country. Senator, Irish Free State (1922-8).

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3061

W.B. Yeats

by Augustus Edwin John
etching, 1907
NPG 3061

3644

W.B. Yeats

by (Edith Agnes) Kathleen Scott (née Bruce), Lady Scott (later Lady Kennet)
plaster cast of mask, 1907
NPG 3644

3644a

W.B. Yeats

by (Edith Agnes) Kathleen Scott (née Bruce), Lady Scott (later Lady Kennet)
bronze head, 1955 (1907)
NPG 3644a

4105

W.B. Yeats

by Augustus Edwin John
pencil and wash, circa 1910
NPG 4105

3965

W.B. Yeats

by Ivan Opffer
chalk, 1935?
NPG 3965

Ax7786

W.B. Yeats

by Alvin Langdon Coburn
photogravure, 24 January 1908
NPG Ax7786

x6397

W.B. Yeats

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 15 July 1911
NPG x6397

x6623

W.B. Yeats

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 15 July 1911
NPG x6623

x140876

W.B. Yeats; Bertha Georgie Yeats (née Hyde-Lees)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
NPG x140876

x144308

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon; W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
NPG x144308

Ax140871

W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, August 1920
NPG Ax140871

Ax140875

W.B. Yeats; Marc Allégret; André Gide

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, August 1920
NPG Ax140875

Ax140876

W.B. Yeats; Bertha Georgie Yeats (née Hyde-Lees)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
NPG Ax140876

Ax140879

W.B. Yeats; Bertha Georgie Yeats (née Hyde-Lees)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
NPG Ax140879

Ax140877

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon; W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
NPG Ax140877

Ax140878

Siegfried Loraine Sassoon; W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
NPG Ax140878

Ax141697

W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 15-16 July 1924
NPG Ax141697

Ax141698

W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 15-16 July 1924
NPG Ax141698

Ax141699

W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 15-16 July 1924
NPG Ax141699

Ax142413

Philip and Julian Morrell with friends at Garsington

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1926
NPG Ax142413

Ax143156

W.B. Yeats; Walter de la Mare

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, Summer 1930
NPG Ax143156

Ax143159

W.B. Yeats; Walter de la Mare and others

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, Summer 1930
NPG Ax143159

Ax143162

Walter de la Mare; W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, Summer 1930
NPG Ax143162

Ax143288

Lady Ottoline Morrell with friends

possibly by Philip Edward Morrell
vintage snapshot print, late 1930
NPG Ax143288

Ax143304

What can we talk about (Lytton Strachey; W.B. Yeats)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1931
NPG Ax143304

Ax143305

Lytton Strachey; W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1931
NPG Ax143305

Ax143306

Lytton Strachey; W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1931
NPG Ax143306

Ax143307

'Lytton agrees and admires' (Lytton Strachey; W.B. Yeats)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1931
NPG Ax143307

Ax143308

Lytton Strachey; W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1931
NPG Ax143308

x143307

'Lytton agrees and admires' (Lytton Strachey; W.B. Yeats)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
snapshot print enlargement, 1931
NPG x143307

Ax143873

W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1935
NPG Ax143873

Ax143874

W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1935
NPG Ax143874

Ax143875

W.B. Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1935
NPG Ax143875

x1961

W.B. Yeats

by Howard Coster
print, 1935
NPG x1961

x1963

W.B. Yeats

by Howard Coster
print, 1935
NPG x1963

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