Jack Butler Yeats RHA Biography and Works - Ross's Auctioneers & Valuers

Jack Butler Yeats RHA

Jack Butler Yeats RHA

Jack B. Yeats was a figure painter and illustrator born in London just four years after his father John Butler Yeats had decided to become an artist. According to Yeats, ‘A picture does not need translation, a creative work happens. It does not need documentary evidence, dates, photographs of the artist, or what he may think about his painters. It doesn’t matter who or what I am, people may think what they will of the pictures.’

Yeats strived for his paintings to be lively and so many of his subjects were action situations, enabling him to be creative and fill his work with interest. These wide range of interests can be seen in works such as The Auction Mart, Brixham Regatta and The Runaway Horse.

In 1898, Jack began to investigate with oils and then he later returned to Co. Wicklow where his work continued to vary. Through difficult times, many artists found it difficult to depict Irish scenes. Yeats had no difficulty and continued to work at what he was good at.

In one of the most thorough biographies of the artist, Bruce Arnold wrote, ‘Jack Yeats stands as an isolated, giant figure in Irish twentieth-century art. He dominated solely through the talent, magic and inventiveness of his painting. He was a man of calm, self-effacing disposition, witty, elusive, kind, generous, enigmatic. He had an innate originality’. 

Jack Butler Yeats RHA - Unsold artworks for sale

There are currently 3 unsold artwork(s) that are open to offers

Jack Butler Yeats RHA - Auction results

There have been 38 artwork(s) sold in previous auctions
  • Lot 156 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 156 Sale Date: 07 December 2011
    Result: £70,000
  • THE ORATOR by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    THE ORATOR Sale Date: 25 February 2016 Medium: Pencil on Paper Size: H 6" x W 5"
    Result: £2,700
  • Lot 44 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 44 Sale Date: 06 March 2013
    Result: £1,550
  • Lot 198 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 198 Sale Date: 05 December 2007
    Result: £1,500
  • Lot 246 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 246 Sale Date: 28 January 2009
    Result: £1,000
  • Lot 156 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 156 Sale Date: 03 June 2009
    Result: £900
  • THE STRAND RACES by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    THE STRAND RACES Sale Date: 07 November 2013 Medium: Hand Coloured Cuala Press Print Size: H 6.5" x W 18"
    Result: £600
  • Lot 243 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 243 Sale Date: 06 March 2013
    Result: £400
  • THE STRAND RACES, THE FINISH by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    THE STRAND RACES, THE FINISH Sale Date: 07 November 2013 Medium: Hand Coloured Cuala Press Print Size: H 6.5" x W 18"
    Result: £380
  • Lot 109 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 109 Sale Date: 05 December 2012
    Result: £320
  • Lot 272 by Jack Butler Yeats RHA at Ross's Auctions
    Lot 272 Sale Date: 13 June 2012
    Result: £300