Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
artist
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daughter of WB Yeats
Aodh Ruadh O Domhnaill
1571 - 1602
leader
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Irish Chieftain
Franz Peter Schubert
1797 - 1828
composer
Georges Seurat
1859 - 1891
artist
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painter
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.
Geraldine Cummins
1890 - 1969
writer
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b Cork; playwright, novelist and medium. Probably met M in 1919 or 1920 through Hester Travers Smith. In the late 1940s M collaborated with Geraldine Cummins on several plays which, to the editor's knowledge, were never published or produced.
Honora McGreevy
1891 - 1974
educator
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b Tarbert, Co Kerry; older sister of M; trained asa primary teacher at Marlborough Training College inDublin. She taught in Tenterden until she marriedRobert J Phelan in 1924, the lighthouse keeper atTarbert. They had three daughters, Patricia,Margaret and Elizabeth. After her husband's death in1943, she returned to temporary teaching in Tarbert.In 1946 Norah and her children came up to Dublin,moving in with M at Fitzwilliam Place. Later Norahmoved with M to Morehampton Road.
Jack B Yeats
1871 - 1957
artist
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Born John Butler Yeats in London; younger brotherof WB Yeats, painter, dramatist, novelist and poet. Jack Yeats spent much of his childhood in Sligo, and what little formal education he received, he received at a private school in Sligo. In 1887 the Yeats family returned to London, where Yeats attended art school. His first published illustrations appeared in 1888 in the Vegetarian, in 1891 he began working for Paddock Life, and in late 1892 was a poster artist in Manchester. In 1894 Yeats married Mary Cottenham White (known as Cottie). In 1910 the Yeatses moved to Dublin, a move which roughly coincided with Yeats's change-over from watercolours to oil. In 1915 Yeats was elected a full member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, and had a reputation as an artist of some note. By 1920, probably the year MacGreevy was introduced to Yeats, Yeats's style began to change; he began to use paint more abundantly using a palette knife freely. Yeats's use of colour also became more daring. After MacGreevy left Dublin in 1925, he always corresponded with Yeats, and called on him during his trips home. After MacGreevy's return to Dublin in 1941, the relationship between the two men deepened into an extremely warm one. In 1945 MacGreevy's Jack B Yeats was published by Victor Waddington Publications.
Johannes Brahms
1833 - 1897
composer, musician
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German composer and pianist. Encouraged by Schumann, his music was in the German Romantic style. In 1860 he signed a manifesto opposing 'new music' methods adopted by Liszt, and from then was regarded as diametrically opposite to the Wagner school of German music. He moved to Vienna in 1862 where he remained for 35 years. He conducted the Vienna Singakadamie 1863-64 and in 1872 succeeded Rubinstein as art director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, a post he held until 1875. In his lifetime he wrote four symphonies, four concertos and numerous other works for piano and other instruments. He also wrote nearly 200 songs.
Lady Augusta Gregory
1859 - 1932
writer
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b Co Galway; playwright, collector of folk
material, translator, co-founder of the Abbey
Theatre. In 1880 she married the Rt Hon Sir William
Gregory in Dublin. In 1892 William Gregory died, and
two years later she met WB Yeats. In 1897 Yeats
spent the first of twenty summers at Coole Park,
Lady Gregory's home. In 1899 she and Yeats founded
the Irish Literary Theatre, which later became the
Abbey Theatre, in which she continued to be involved
until her death. In 1921 the reconstituted Irish
Advisory Committee of the Carnegie United Kingdom
Trust was established, with Lady Gregory as one of
its members. Through the Trust, she began a short
(probably through 1925), but amicable working
relationship with MacGreevy.
Leonid Andreyev
1871 - 1919
writer
Manning Robertson
1888 - 1945
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A Dublin town planner
Margaret Farrington
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niece of Thomas MacGreevy
Marianne Moore
1887 - 1972
writer
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b St Louis, poet and editor, educated at Bryn Mawr College. In 1926 TS Eliot submitted several of M's poems to her for consideration in 'The Dial,' of which she was as acting editor (1925-29). After an intermittent correspondence over several years, in 1928 she published M's 'St Senan's Well'.
Paul-Louis-Charles-Marie Claudel
1868 - 1955
writer
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Dramatist
Sarah Purser
1848 - 1943
artist
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Encouraged at an early age, she began exhibiting
at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1872. She lived
and studied in Paris in the late 1870s and early
1880s, and, although she was talented in many
genres, with a view to earning a livelihood, by 1883
established a reputation as a portrait painter. By
1890 she had Viceregal patronage, a large clientele
in Ireland, and was elected HRHA. As Purser's
reputation grew, she increasingly promoted younger
artists, and was active in many artistic
organisations, such as the Hugh Lane Municipal
Gallery, and The National Gallery of Ireland, and
formed the Friends of the National Collections of
Ireland. She died in Dublin.
Sir Hugh Percy Lane
1875 - 1915
collector
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Irish art dealer and critic. He became a London picture dealer in 1893, and worked with the Marlborough Gallery before setting up for himself. His was immediately successful, and was knighted in (1909). After a meeting with Yeats at the house of his aunt, Lady Gregory, his interest was awakened in the Irish art scene. He lent a collection of modern paintings, mainly French impressionists, to the Dublin Municipal Gallery, on the condition that a permanent Gallery be provided. But with the rejection of a design for a building on a bridge over the Liffey, Lane withdrew his Loan, and made a will in 1913 bequeathing the paintings to the English National Gallery. In 1914 he was appointed director of the National Gallery of Ireland, and in 1915 he added an unwitnesed codicil to his will restoring his collection to Dublin. He drowned on the Lusitania on May 7th 1915. His death caused a controversy over the disposition of his collection of paintings, which was finally divided between Dublin and London.
Theodor Komisarjevsky
1882 - 1954
theater
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Studied architecture in Russia. He began to produce and direct plays in the theatre his sister, actress Vera Komissarzhevskaya and eventually became director of the Imperial and state theatres. He emigrated to England in 1919 and became a major figure in the London theatrical scene, especially known for his unconventional stagings of Shakespeare in Stratford-on-Avon.
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
T S Eliot
1888 - 1965
writer
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b St Louis; poet, playwright and critic. Eliot moved to London in 1914 and resided there until his death, becoming a British subject in 1927. MacGreevy met Eliot in May 1925 through a letter of introduction from WB Yeats. Eliot was generous to MacGreevy, taking articles and book reviews regularly from him for The Criterion from 1925-27, and again in 1934, as well as being one of the first to publish his poetry. The two men formed a professional relationship which bordered on the personal. Eliot was very supportive of MacGreevy, writing several letters of introduction for him for various job opportunities. MacGreevy was also one of the earliest critics of Eliot's poetry when in 1931 Chatto & Windus published his monograph TS Eliot. MacGreevy and Eliot's relationship cooled between 1928-32 when MacGreevy's friendship with Richard Aldington was at its peak, as Aldington's dislike for Eliot seemed to have rubbed off on MacGreevy.
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 McCausland Stewart
1900 - 1989
academic
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MacGreevy met Stewart while the two men were
studying at Trinity College Dublin. Stewart took his
BA in 1922, and his MA in 1926. In 1923 he became
lecteur d'Anglais at the Ecole Normale
Supérieure, a post he held until December
1926, when he became a lecturer in French at the
University of Sheffield. When Stewart left the
Ecole, he recommended MacGreevy to the authorities
as his replacement. Although MacGreevy and Stewart's
correspondence seems to have died out c 1930, they
probably renewed their friendship in the 1950s and
1960s when Stewart returned to Dublin as an external
examiner. After Sheffield, Stewart went on to have a
very successful career as an academic in
universities such as the University of St Andrews
and Bristol.
William Michael Yeats
1921
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Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats