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.
Anne Yeats
1919 - 2001
artist
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daughter of WB Yeats
Arthur David Waley
1769 - 1852
nobility
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1st Duke of Wellington
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.
Augustus John
1878 - 1961
artist
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.
Cornelia Cummins
1889 - 1943
writer
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b Co Louth; short story writer. M probably met Cummins in 1919 M remained in touch with Cummins, quite possibly lending her emotional support, through her marriage to Austin Clarke in 1920 which lasted less than a fortnight. After M moved to London in 1925 he attempted to place some of her stories in London publications.
Edith Sitwell
1887 - 1964
writer
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Poetess. Sister of Sir Osbert Sitwell and Sir Sacheverell Sitwell.
Edmond Dulac
1882 - 1953
artist
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.'
Francis Wheatley
1747 - 1801
artist
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Wheatley was known for picturesque depictions of the lower class in paintings and drawings.
Friedrich von Schiller
1759 - 1805
writer
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.
Helen Beauclerk
1892 - 1969
novelist, translator
James Duncan
actor
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Abbey Theatre
John Ruskin
1819 - 1900
art historian, writer
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Art and social critic whose influence on the Arts and crafts movement lasted well into the twentieth century.
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..
Lytton Strachey
1880 - 1932
writer
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(1880-1932) English biographer and critic; Strachey was educated at Cambridge and later settled in London, where he became a prominent member of the "Bloomsbury" group. A capable writer, he introduced a new form of biography that was swift, selective, witty, and somewhat subjective rather than strictly factual and voluminous. His most successful work was "Eminent Victorians" (1918), which gained him financial security. Later important biographies include "Queen Victoria" (1921), "Elizabeth and Essex" (1928), and "Portraits in Miniature" (1931). Strachey spent his life in a state of general misery, plagued by constant poor health and insecurity revolving around his homosexuality. After engaging in a series of failed love affairs, he moved to the Mill House, Tidmarsh, in Berkshire with Dora Carrington in 1917 and thereafter settled into the dynamics of a bisexual menage a trois with Ralph Partridge that lasted until 1925.
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.
Osbert Sitwell
1892 - 1969
writer
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.
Philip V of Spain
1875 - 1958
artist
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English portrait and landscape painter. He won a scholarship to the RCA. He taught at the Lambeth School of Art, becoming friendly with Wilson Steer. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1925, and was Keeper there from 1945-49. He was a member of the New English Art Club, the National Portrait Society and the International Society of Painters. His works are represented in the Dublin, Cardiff, Bradford, Luxembourg, Manchester, Paris and Melbourne galleries, among others. He executed several mural paintings at Windsor Castle.
Sitwell Sacheverell
1897 - 1988
writer
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Poet and Critic. Brother of Dame Edith Sitwell and Sir Osbert Sitwell.
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 Rummel
1887 - 1953
composer, musician
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b Berlin; pianist and composer, som of the British pianist Franz Rummel and grandson of Samuel F.B. Morse, inventor of the telegraph; although an American citizen, most of his life was spent in Europe, where he was a friend of Debussy, premiering ten of his piano works, and of Ezra Pound, three of whose poems he set to music. In 1924 M reviewed a concert by Rummel held in Dublin. He was probably introduced to Rummel through George Yeats, who was a close friend, along with her mother and Olivia Shakespear. At Dulac's request he composed music for WBY's The Dreaming of the Bones.
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
1883 - 1963
writer
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poet