Alan Duncan
1895 - 1943
journalist, military
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b Dublin; son of Ellen and James Duncan. Served in Gallipoli as a Captain with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. After contracting dysentery in 1916 he was transferred to a military camp at Aldershot in charge of conscientious objectors at their courts martial. After the war Duncan returned to Dublin, working variously as an arts journalist, in administration at the Abbey Theatre, WB Yeats's secretary, and as a tour guide for Lunn's Travel Agency. M probably met Duncan in 1919 or 1920 and the two formed a warm friendship. In April 1924 Duncan married Belinda Atkinson, and early in 1925 the couple moved to Paris, becoming part of the Irish expatriate circle which included Joyce, and eventually M and Beckett.
Dermod O'Brien
1865 - 1945
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b Cahirmoyle, Co Limerick; educated at Harrow and Trinity College, Cambridge. He opted for a career in painting rather than law (as was expected by his family), and studied art at Antwerp and Paris. MacGreevy's contact with O'Brien in the early 1920s mostly concerned Carnegie United Kingdom Trust Matters as O'Brien was on the Irish Advisory Committee. Later their involvement centred on art. In 1932 MacGreevy corresponded with O'Brien regarding the purchase of a painting by Jean Lur?at by the Municipal Gallery.
Franz Liszt
1811 - 1886
composer, musician
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Hungarian composer and piano virtuoso. He Studied
in Vienna (1821-23), and Paris, where he made his
sensational début in 1824. He revolutionised the
technique of piano playing, composing and inventing
the symphonic poem and the method of transformation
of themes. He lived in partial retirement in Geneva
with the comtesse d'Agoult, by whom he had three
children. In 1843 he was appointed director of court
music at Weimar, and settled there with Princess
Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein (1848-61), devoting
himself to composition. He spent the rest of his
life between Rome and Weimar. Among his compositions
were A Faust Symphony (1857), A Symphony to Dante's
Divina Commedia (1857), thirteen symphonic poems
including Les preludes (1854), Hungaria (1856),
Héroïde funèbre (1857), Hamlet (1876). His works for
piano and orchestra as two Concertos (1855, 1857),
Fantasia on Hungarian Folk Tunes (1853), Totentanz
(1865), solo piano pieces Apparitions (1834), Années
de pèlerinage (1835-77), Sonata in B Minor
(1852-53), sacred choral works include Massa solemis (1856).
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.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski
1860 - 1941
composer, musician
Lady Augusta Gregory
1859 - 1932
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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.
Reginald Grundy
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(fl 1925-33) was editor of The Connoisseur during
the time MacGreevy worked on the publication
(1925-27). MacGreevy served first on the staff, and
later as Assistant Editor, writing many book and art
reviews. The extent of MacGreevy's contribution to
The Connoisseur can not be ascertained as most of
his articles were unsigned and none of the
magazine's records seem to have been preserved.
Sarah Purser
1848 - 1943
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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 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.
Sir John Lavery
1856 - 1941
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Painter. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art,
and then in London and Paris. His first major
success came, when he exhibited his Tennis Party at
the Royal Academy London (1886). In 1888 he received
a commission to paint the state visit of Queen
Victoria to the Glasgow Exhibition. He was knighted
in 1918, and elected a member of the RA 1921. He
also became a member of the RHA, the Royal Scottish
Academy, and the academies of Rome, Antwerp, Milan,
Brussels and Dublin. He received honorary degrees
from Queens University Belfast and Trinity College
Dublin. He followed the movement for Irish
independence with interest and painted dramatic
scenes of the Trial of Sir Roger Casement, and the
lying in state of Terence MacSwiney.He also painted
famous contemporaries, such as George Moore and
Ramsay Macdonald. The government commissioned his
portrait of Hazel Lavery, his wife, which was
reproduced on banknotes from 1928.
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
WB Yeats
1865 - 1939
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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.