Irish poet and dramatist.
Autograph Note Signed, WB Yeats, one page, octavo, London, Saturday, undated. To [Sir Hugh] Lane, Lady Augustus Gregory’s nephew, who was a picture-dealer whose career was of mythological importance to Yeats.
“With pleasure-Tuesday ”
Sir Hugh Lane, a gifted, arrogant man planned to give his great collections of 39 French Impressionist paintings to the Dublin Municipal Gallery of Modern Art in 1913, on condition that the gallery be built to show them. When the gallery was not built, Lane, in anger, lent them to the National Gallery in London, and when in died in 1915 both institutions claimed them. William Butler Yeats entered the quarrel in 1913 because he thought that a splendid act, an aristocratic gesture, on Lane’s part, had been spurned by a vulgar Dublin. Many of the poems in William Butler Yeats’s Responsibilities (1914) were inspired by the Lane controversy, which became extraordinarily bitter. It marked a new phase in the relation between Yeats and Ireland.
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