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Yeats, Jack B. (Jack Butler), 1871-1957



  • Existence: 1871-08-29 - 1957-03-28

Biographical Note

Jack B. Yeats was born in 1871, in London. As a young man he moved to London and attended a number of art schools while also doing illustration work to support his family. His works frequently featured common Irish people, figures of legend, and unusual characters. He also contributed art to Cuala Industries, which was run by his sisters. He experienced some difficulty in his career around 1915 when he began to experiment with color and work in oils, but later he became known for his use of color and was prolific, producing more than a thousand oil paintings in his lifetime. He died in 1957.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Boston College collection of Constance de Markievicz


The collection primarily consists of correspondence of Irish politician, revolutionary, nationalist, and suffragist Constance de Markiewicz. Also includes posthumous materials documenting the 150th anniversary of Markievicz's birth and more, including biographies, newspaper clippings, exhibit ephemera, a real estate catalog, and photographs.

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: approximately 1868-2019; Majority of material found within 1892-1927

Boston College collection of Yeats family papers


The Boston College collection of Yeats family papers includes artwork, correspondence, manuscripts, notebooks, and photographs by and about siblings W. B., Elizabeth Corbet, Lily, and Jack B. Yeats; their father, John Butler Yeats; and the wife of W. B., Georgie Yeats. It also documents the running of Cuala Press, a Yeats family business.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research; a portion is available digitally.

Dates: 1884-1974, undated; Majority of material found within 1900-1940