Edith Ellen Hyde-Lees
1868 - 1942
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Mother of George Yeats.
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.
Harold Hyde-Lees
1890 - 1963
clergy
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George Yeats's only brother, Archdeacon of Bath and Wells, retiring in 1950. His wife Gwynne (nee Younghughes) died in 1942 while he was Archdeacon of Portsmouth. He visited Ireland in 1948 to support George during the reinterment of WB at Sligo, at which time he met MacGreevy. From 1952 during his retirement he was Curate of Withycombe with Rodhuish where George and her daughter Anne Yeats visited him in 1954. He died in Minehead on 14 June 1963 but because she was too ill to travel George's son Michael represented the family at his funeral. Although they saw each other rarely, George felt very close to her brother.
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.
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