George Walter Stonier
critic, novelist, radio playwright
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.
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
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.