Seán O’Sullivan (1906-64)

Life
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, Rowan Hamiton; Ignatius Rise, and Douglas Hyde; 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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Notes
Seán O’Faolain, speaking of portraiture in general, and considering the personality rather than the type in O’Sullivan’s Yeats, wrote: ‘the peculiar, slanting shape of his eyes, or the long droop of his fingers so well observed by O’Sullivan 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 O’Brien, trans. by Patrick Power as The Poor Mouth (1964), was published with illustrations by Seán O’Sullivan. (See Fintan O’Toole, Black Hole, Green Card: The Disappearance of Ireland (Dublin: New Island 1994).

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