Seán OSullivan (1906-64)
b. Dublin, ed. Synge St. CBS and Metropolitan School of Art; worked with Spencer Pryse and Zarraga at Central School of Art, London, on schol.; also Acadème Julien, Paris; HRHA at 21; MRHA 1931; portraits include De Valera, Hyde, Yeats, and Joyce; Stations of the Cross, Portarlington, and mural for Medical Missionaries, Drogheda; commem. postage stamps of Sir Wm. Rowan Hamilton, Ignatius Rice, and Douglas Hyde; also landscapes; d. 4 April, Nenagh; his port. of Yeats hangs in the foyer of the Abbey Th., Dublin; numerous chalk ports. of Irish writers adorn the modern stairwell of the National Gallery (old wing). DIB
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Seán OFaolain, speaking of portraiture in general, and considering the personality rather than the type in OSullivans Yeats, wrote: the peculiar, slanting shape of his eyes, or the long droop of his fingers so well observed by OSullivan in the portrait that used to hang in the foyer of the Abbey Theatre [and still does]. (Vive Moi, 1946; cited in The Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, 1991, q.p.)
The Poor Mouth: An Beal Bocht Flann OBrien, trans. by Patrick Power as The Poor Mouth (1964), was published with illustrations by Seán OSullivan. (See Fintan OToole, Black Hole, Green Card: The Disappearance of Ireland (Dublin: New Island 1994).
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