Last Sketch by Jack Butler Yeats, A Gift to His Former Nurse, For Sale in Bonhams Irish Art Sale

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LONDON.- An interesting little sketch, known as the last work Jack B Yeats (Irish 1871-1957) ever did, has been consigned by the family of his former nurse for sale in Bonhams first Irish Art Sale in London on 9th February 2011. Titled `Roundabout ponies’, the pen and ink drawing (measuring just over 5 x 4 inches) is estimated to sell for £1,500-2,000. The sketch was gifted directly from the artist to the matron of Portobello Nursing Home in Dublin, where he died. They had been friends for a long time and he gave her this little sketch. Hilary Pyle (author of the Yeats Catalogue Raisonne) says of it “He died on 28 March 1957. His last drawing, a tiny gay swirling sketch of two roundabout ponies on writing paper, was drawn two days before.