The Saw Sharpener signed 'JACK.B.YEATS' (lower right) oil on panel 35 x 23 cm. (13 3/4 x 9 in.) Painted in 1917
PROVENANCE: with Leo Smith Acquired from the above by Zoltan Le Winter-Frankl, 1945 Mr Dann, Belfast, 1961, where purchased by Mr Theo Snoddy, Belfast Thence by descent
EXHIBITED: Dublin, Royal Hibernian Academy, 1917, no.113 Dublin, Mills Hall, 'Drawings and Pictures of Life in the West of Ireland', 26 April - 10 May 1919, no.8
LITERATURE: Hilary Pyle, Jack B. Yeats, A Catalogue Raisonné of the Oil Paintings, Andre Deutsch Ltd., London, 1992, p.94, cat.no.108
This picture was previously in the collection of Zoltan Le Winter-Frankl, a Jewish industrialist who was compelled to leave Vienna in 1939. His unplanned emigration to Northern Ireland had a positive impact on art patronage there and he collected some of the finest works produced in Ireland at the time.