Cuala Press Art Collection
An Inventory of Its Art Collection at the Harry Ransom Center
Cuala Press was founded in 1908 by Elizabeth Corbet "Lollie" Yeats and Susan Mary "Lily" Yeats, sisters of poet William Butler Yeats and painter and illustrator Jack Butler Yeats. Both Elizabeth and Susan had a firm foundation in the practices and beliefs of the Arts and Crafts movement, evident in their establishment of Cuala Industries which consisted of Cuala Press and an embroidery workshop. Elizabeth was an accomplished watercolorist and educator in freehand brushwork technique. Having previously studied with with the influential printer Emery Walkera, it was she who ran the printing press. Elizabeth handprinted for the press a variety of items, including books, hand-colored prints, and calendars. Susan, who worked for six years at the embroidery workshop at Kelmscott House in London, oversaw the embroidery workshop. She executed or oversaw the making of embroidery designs by various artists, including Elizabeth and her brother, Jack, until her health forced her to retire from large scale projects in 1931. Cuala Press published its last book in 1946. Elizabeth died on January 16, 1940, in Dublin, and Susan died on January 5, 1949, in Churchtown.
The collection consists of two hand-colored woodcuts printed by Cuala Press. One of the pieces is completely pictorial. The other piece is a poem, entitled Joy Be With Us, by Irish novelist and poet James Stephens, with an historiated initial featuring a ship.
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Gift of Donald G. Davis, Jr., 2017 (17-07-006-G).
Mary Alice Harper, 2017