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1911 Jack B. Yeats Pictorial Map of Pirate Island

A View of Pirate Island. - Main View

1911 Jack B. Yeats Pictorial Map of Pirate Island


The most important Irish artist of the 20th century ... and W. B. Yeats' brother


A View of Pirate Island.
  1911 (undated)     10.5 x 13 in (26.67 x 33.02 cm)


Created by Jack B. Yeats, this wonderful 1911 pictorial map of the fictitious Pirate Island. The island is populated by references to Yeats's life and literary works. The large ship in the bay, the Pasear, for example, is named after a ship he and his friends built in their backyard during his childhood in Ireland. Sligo, here a character meriting a house, was in fact Yeats's hometown in Ireland. The Pasear is also mentioned in Yeats's work The Little Fleet. Also, Theodore's House is a reference to The Little Fleet, which had a section devoted to a boat known as the 'Theodore'.
Publication History and Census
This map was drawn by Jack B. Yeats and published in Ernest Marriott's booklet 'Jack B. Yeats: His Pictorial and Dramatic Art' in 1911. The separate map is not cataloged in OCLC, but the booklet is well represented in institutional collections. It is scarce on the private market.


Jack Butler Yeats (August 29, 1871 - March 28, 1957) was an Irish artist and writer, significant in his own right, but often in the shadow of his older brother, the celebrated poet William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939). Born in London, England, Yeats was the youngest son of Irish portraitist John Butler Yeats. He spent his childhood in Sligo, Ireland, with his maternal grandparents, and returned to his parents' house London in 1887. Beginning in around 1920, Yeats became a Modernist and Expressionist painter. While not politically active Yeats was sympathetic to the Irish Republican Cause. After Ireland became a free state in 1922, he represented Ireland in the 'Arts and Culture Division' of the 1924 Paris Summer Olympics, winning a silver for his work 'Swimming.' Some consider him the most important Irish artist of the 20th century. He also worked in theatre and literature, writing his own plays, books, and poems. He died in Dublin in 1957. He was married to Mary Tottenham in 1894. More by this mapmaker...


Marriott, E., 'Jack B. Yeats: His Pictorial and Dramatic Art', (London: Elkin Mathews) 1911.    


Very good. Exhibits light wear along original fold lines. Verso repairs to section where once attached to original booklet. Accompanied by original booklet.