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William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), Poet and dramatist; son of John Butler Yeats

Sitter in 56 portraits
Poet and dramatist of Irish origin, son of the artist J.B. Yeats; prominent in both English and Irish literary circles, played a large part in the revival of Celtic literature and the Irish theatre; a poet of expressive force and lyrical beauty whose work underwent profound development between The Celtic Twilight (1893) and The Winding Stair (1929); helped to establish the Abbey Theatre in Dublin as a national institution; was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature (1923); senator, Irish Free State (1922-8). 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.

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William Butler Yeats

by Augustus Edwin John
etching, 1907
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William Butler Yeats

by (Edith Agnes) Kathleen Scott (née Bruce, later Lady Kennet)
plaster cast of mask, 1907
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William Butler Yeats

by (Edith Agnes) Kathleen Scott (née Bruce, later Lady Kennet)
bronze head, 1955 (1907)
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William Butler Yeats

by Augustus Edwin John
pencil and wash, circa 1910
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William Butler Yeats

by Ivan Opffer
chalk, 1935?
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William Butler Yeats

by Alvin Langdon Coburn
photogravure, 24 January 1908
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William Butler Yeats

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype, 15 July 1911
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William Butler Yeats

by George Charles Beresford
dry-plate glass negative, 15 July 1911
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William Butler Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, August 1920
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William Butler Yeats; Marc Allégret; André Gide

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, August 1920
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William Butler Yeats; Bertha Georgie Yeats (née Hyde-Lees)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
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William Butler Yeats; Bertha Georgie Yeats (née Hyde-Lees)

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon; William Butler Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
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Siegfried Loraine Sassoon; William Butler Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, September 1920
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William Butler Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 15-16 July 1924
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William Butler Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 15-16 July 1924
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William Butler Yeats

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 15-16 July 1924
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Philip and Julian Morrell with friends at Garsington

by Lady Ottoline Morrell
vintage snapshot print, 1926
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