Alec Martin
1884 - 1971
Art Auctioneer
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Sir Alec Martin was a friend of MacGreevy's in London. He was an art auctioneer and eventually the Director of Christie's.
Constantin Brancusi
1876 - 1957
artist
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A Romanian abstract sculptor based in Paris whose ovoid forms were popular with such collectors as the Yeatses? friend the American lawyer John Quinn.
Erica Cotterill
1881 - 1950
writer
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in her youth carried on an irrepressible correspondence with Bernard Shaw, and was the author of Form of Diary, a highly praised stream-of-consciousness novel published anonymously in 1939 which described her tempestuous love affair with Frances Macnamara.
George Yeats
1893 - 1968
artist, writer
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Born Bertha Georgie Hyde-Lees in Wrexham. Married WB Yeats in October 1917. In 1919 their first child Anne was born, and in 1921, their son Michael. By the early 1920s George Yeats was active in Cuala Industries and The Dublin Drama League. MacGreevy probably met George Yeats in 1919, and they remained friends until MacGreevy's death in 1967.
Hester Meredith Travers-Smith
1868 - 1949
psychic
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Daughter of Edward Dowden, Professor of English Literature at Trinity College Dublin. She was probably introduced to MacGreevy in 1919, and remained intouch with him throughout most of her life. In November 1920 she moved to London, and in 1923 rented a house at 15 Cheyne Gardens. That house, and a later residence at number 17, became MacGreevy's home for the greater part of the time he lived in London (1925-27; 1933-41). Travers Smith was a professional medium, and formed her first circle in 1914. She was conducting a s?ance in the presence of Lennox Robinson when the Lusitania was sunk, and claims to have received a message from Hugh Lane who was one of the drowned. She continued her psychic work in London, writing several books on psychic matters, including one entitled 'Psychic Messages from Oscar Wilde.' She died in London.
James Ramsay MacDonald
1866 - 1937
politician
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Britain's first Labour Prime Minister (January-November 1924 and June 1929-August 1931), and subsequently Prime Minister of the "National" Government of August 1931-June 1935.
Josephine McNeill
politician
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Wife of James McNeill, High Commissioner for the Irish Free State in London and later the last of Ireland's Governors-General. After her husband's death she became the Irish Ambassador to Switzerland.
Olivia Shakespear
1863 - 1938
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One time companion of WB Yeats, she was probably introduced to M through Yeats. M and Shakespear's friendship seemed slight, but amicable.
Pablo Picasso
1881 - 1973
artist
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(1881-1973) Spanish painter, sculptor, stage designer, ceramist, and expatriate; Picasso?s artistic career can be divided into a series of overlapping periods, the first of which was the Blue Period (1901-1904). Prompted by the death of his friend Carles Casagemas, Picasso depicted the somber world of the poor, including works such as "Crouching Woman," (1902) and "Old Jew and a Boy," (1903). He then entered into the Rose Period (1904-1906), with subject matter often drawn from circus life. Picasso also took a prominent role in the creation of the Cubism movement. His famous piece, ?Les Demoiselles d?Avignon? (1907) ushered in the ?analytic? phase of Cubism, a style that was influenced by African mask carvings and dominated by a monochromatic palette. A later ?synthetic? phase included larger, more representational forms, as is seen in ?The Three Musicians? (1921) and ?Guernaca? (1937). During World War I, Picasso became involved in set design for a theatrical production called ?Parade.? He also ventured into the world of Surrealism, painting erotic human forms and classical beasts. During his lifetime, Picasso engaged in series of failed love affairs, fathering several illegitimate children before he married Jacqueline Roque in 1961.
Sergey Pavlovich Diaghilev
1827 - 1929
critic
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art critic and impresario
Thomas Bodkin
1887 - 1961
art critic
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Irish art critic. Educated Belvedere, Clongowes Wood, and the Royal University of Ireland. In 1911 he was called to the Bar and practised for five years before joining the Commission for Charitable Donations and Bequests. In 1917 he became a Governor and Guardian of the National Gallery of Ireland, and in 1927 its Director. MacGreevy also applied for the Directorship in 1927. Bodkin's tenure at the National Gallery was marked by constant wrangling with the Department of Finance which, in time, even Bodkin realised hampered the growth of the Gallery.Thus in December 1934 he resigned, taking a post at the Barber Institute in Birmingham. Bodkin remained in permanent exile, dying in Birmingham.
Thomas MacGreevy
1893 - 1967
critic, museum director, writer
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Poet, literary and art critic, and administrator. Born in Tarbert, Co. Kerry, into a family of farmers and schoolteachers; educated at Trinity College, Dublin, where he studied politics and history.He is best known for his strikingly original modernist poetry and for being one of the art critics who championed Irish modernist art and artists between the wars.

He was a prolific writer, publishing more than 350 articles, seven monographs, and a collection of poetry, Poems (1934). He was director of the National Gallery of Ireland, 1950-1963.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Ireland
Walter Sickert
1860 - 1942
artist
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A member of the Camden Town Group of painters
WB Yeats
1865 - 1939
writer
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Born William Butler Yeats in Sandymount, Dublin; poet, playwright, and co-founder of the Abbey Theatre. Brother of painter, Jack B. Yeats. In 1886 'Mosada: A Dramatic Poem' was published, and two years later 'Poems and Ballads of Young Ireland' and 'Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry.' Yeats's interest in theatre began in the early 1890s, coinciding with his interest in Irish legends and his studies of the occult. By Yeats's mid-thirties, his reputation as a poet was firmly established, not only in Ireland, but in England and the United States. By the time MacGreevy met Yeats, perhaps as early as 1919, Yeats was at the height of his powers. MacGreevy soon became an intimate of the Yeats family, often calling into their house on Merrion Square in the evenings. It is not clear why his friendship with the Yeatses cooled in the 1930s, and by the time he moved back to Dublin in 1941, renewing his friendship with George Yeats, WB Yeats had died.
William Sharp
1855 - 1905
writer
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Scottish author who wrote poetry, literary cirticism, and biography under his own name. He is better known, however, for the mystical tales of the Celtic world that he published under the pen name Fiona Macleod, whom he described as an inner feminine consciousness or ancestral seeress.