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Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922.

John Butler Yeats letters

1920 and undated

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F293

Creator: Yeats, John Butler, 1839-1922.

Title: John Butler Yeats letters

Inclusive Dates: 1920 and undated

Extent: 4 items (8 pp.)

Abstract: Letters from Irish painter John Butler Yeats to two individuals. Two of the letters contain sketches.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F293, John Butler Yeats letters, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Purchase, 1987.


Processed and encoded by Debra Johnson, April 2007.

The collection is open for research.

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Biographical Note

Irish painter John Butler Yeats (1839–1932) was born in County Down. He is the father of poet W. B. (William Butler) Yeats and painter Jack B. Yeats. John Butler Yeats' daughters were also literary. Susan Mary Yeats [Lily] and Elizabeth Corbet [Lollie, Lolly] Yeats founded [with Evelyn Gleeson] the Dun Emer Press (later the Cuala Press). John Butler Yeats was a friend of Irish painter Hugh Lane. John Butler Yeats has also written essays and reviews.


Hogan, Robert, ed., Dictionary of Irish Literature. (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, Inc., 1979), pp. 697, 700-701.

Nicola Gordon Bowe, "Yeats, Susan Mary [Lily] (1866–1949)." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004. (accessed April 10, 2007).

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of four autograph letters signed by John Butler Yeats, of which two include sketches in the body of the document. Three undated letters are addressed to Miss Morslar. The other letter is dated February 21, 1920 and is addressed to Miss Buss.

Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms
Artists, Irish--20th century--Correspondence.
Form/Genre Terms
Letters (correspondence)

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Detailed Contents List

John Butler Yeats letters, 1920 and undated   [Box 14 F293]

Four autograph letters signed, 8 pp.