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.
Amedeo Modigliani
1884 - 1920
artist
Andre Lhote
1885 - 1962
artist
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Painter and Sculptor
Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
artist
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daughter of WB Yeats
Dolly Robinson
1901 - 1977
artist
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b Dublin also known as Dolche; met MacGreevy in 1919, most likely in January or February while MacGreevy was still in uniform. She was a painter, and a stage and costume designer, having designed many Abbey sets in the 1920s and 1930s. She became one of MacGreevy's closest female friends, although in 1920 she moved with her mother to London. Their friendship deepened, however, when MacGreevy lodged at her mother's house in Cheyne Gardens between 1925-27. In 1930 she married Lennox Robinson and moved to Robinson's home, Sorrento Cottage, in Dalkey, where she established a reputation as an exceptional hostess. She died in Dublin.
Ellen Duncan
1850 - 1939
curator
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b Dublin. Educated at Alexandra College and the
Royal Academy of Music. She was a journalist writing
mainly on the plastic arts for publications such as
the Burlington Magazine and The Athenaeum. In 1907
she founded the United Arts Club, which was first
housed at Lincoln Chambers, and in 1920 moved to its
permanent home at Fitzwilliam Place. Duncan was also
the first curator of the Municipal Gallery at
Harcourt St, a post she left to go abroad early in
1922 when her husband James retired from the civil service.
Elspeth Stephens
actor
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Abbey Theatre
Ezra Pound
1885 - 1972
writer
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b Hailey, Idaho; poet, editor and critic. After graduating from University of Pennsylvania, Pound went to Europe, first to Italy, where he published his first collection of poems, 'A Lume Spento' (1908) then to London (1908-20). Pound was a ceaseless promoter of other artists' and writers' work, as well as of issues he considered important. What little interaction he had with M, roughly between late 1928-1930 centred on the promotion of Gaudier-Brzeska's work, the Censorship in Ireland, and M's monograph 'TS Eliot.'
Geoffrey Phibbs
1900 - 1956
writer, editor
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b Norfolk (later in life changed his surname to Taylor) raised in Sligo, at the family home at Lisheen; educated at Haileybury. He enlisted in the Officer's Training Corps attached to Queen's University, but the Armistice was signed before he saw action. Phibbs first began publishing poetry in the early 1920s, and by 1928 had two books published with the Hogarth Press (which were, to a large extent, underwritten by Phibbs). In 1924 he married the painter Norah McGuinness, but the marriage broke up when he entered into a ménage ô quatre in 1929 with Robert Graves, Laura Riding, and Graves's wife, Nancy Nicholson (with whom Phibbs later lived when the ménage broke up). Phibbs first met M c 1922 while working as a Carnegie Librarian, and the two had a lively correspondence until Phibbs's abandonment of McGuinness. He died in Dublin.
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.
Graves Robert
1895 - 1985
poet, translator
James Duncan
actor
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Abbey Theatre
James Stephens
1880 - 1950
writer
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Short story writer, poet, critic and broadcaster. He worked for years as a solicitor's clerk before becoming Registrar of the National Gallery of Ireland. M probably met Stephens c 1924 and the two men were friendly enough for Stephens to invite M to his home for dinner. The earlier part of M's residence in Paris (1927-28) coincided with the Stephens' residence there, and their earlier friendship seems to have been renewed during this time.
Laura (Riding) Jackson
1901 - 1991
poet
Lennox Robinson
1886 - 1958
writer
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b Co Cork; also known as Tinche. In 1897, after seeing an Abbey production at the Cork Opera House, Robinson began to write plays. His first play, 'The Clancy Name, a Tragedy in One Act,' was performed on 8 October 1908 at the Abbey in Dublin. In 1909 Robinson was appointed producer of plays and manager of the Abbey by WB Yeats and Lady Gregory.In 1915 Robinson was hired by the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust to act as part-time Organising Librarian for Newcastle West and Rathkeale (See CUKT). In 1919 Robinson met MacGreevy, and in 1920 when he was hired as Secretary to the newly-established Irish Advisory Committee of the CUKT, he recommended MacGreevy to the Committee as Assistant Secretary. MacGreevy remained Assistant Secretary until 1925, when the Irish Advisory Committee was dissolved due to pressure from the Church. On 8 September 1930, Robinson married Dolly Travers Smith, a union which seemed to have surprised everyone who knew them well. MacGreevy took the announcement of the engagement particularly badly, yet, resumed his friendship with Dolly and Lennox, albeit not at the level previously enjoyed. Even before Robinson's marriage to Dolly Travers Smith, MacGreevy and Robinson's relationship seemed to alternate between love and hate. Nevertheless, MacGreevy and Robinson remained in correspondence until Robinson's death..
Norah McGuinness
1903 - 1980
artist
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painter
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.
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
William Michael Yeats
1921
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Son of WB Yeats and George Yeats