John Butler Yeats (1839 - 1922):
John Yeats was born in Tullylish, County Down. He was educated at Athol Academy, Isle of Man, and Trinity College, Dublin. He was called to the Bar in 1866, but did not practise. He studied at Heatherley's Art School in London to become a painter, exhibited at the Royal Academy and returned to Ireland in the 1880s to exhibit in the Royal Hibernian Academy, to which he was elected in 1892. His studio was a venue for literary people. In 1901 he had a joint exhibition with Nathaniel Hone. Several of his portraits of leading Irish personages are exhibited in the National Gallery of Ireland, including 'The Artist's Wife' and portraits of John O'Leary and William Butler Yeats. In 1908 he went to America and wrote essays for Harper's Weekly, collected in Essays Irish and American. His autobiography Early Memories: A Chapter of Autobiography was published posthumously. He died in New York. His Letters to his Son, W. B. Yeats, and others was published in 1944, and further editions were edited by Ezra Pound and Lennox Robinson.
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