Sit­ting at Yeats’s desk

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – I see that paint­ings by Jack B Yeats and per­sonal ef­fects of WB Yeats are shortly to be sold pri­vately.

Some years back when I was busy with re­search on Jack B Yeats’s art, Anne Yeats, WB’s daugh­ter, gen­er­ously in­vited me to her Dalkey home to con­sult her won­der­ful per­sonal ar­chive of let­ters and other fam­ily doc­u­ments. She set me down with a pile of th­ese at a fine old wooden desk in front of a win­dow. Later, when I had fin­ished, she told me that this had been her fa­ther’s writ­ing desk. I had un­know­ingly been sit­ting all this time where WB Yeats had worked!

It was a thrilling thought. Yeats’s desk, so in­ti­mately as­so­ci­ated with the poet, has an aura of magic, and it would be neg­li­gent to al­low it to leave Ire­land where it be­longs. – Yours, etc,

TRI­CIA CU­SACK, Grey­stones,

Co Wick­low.

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