DETAIL : Sean SCULLY Ireland 1945  Robe figure, 2003 2003 Painting oil on canvas
Sean SCULLY | Holly

Ireland 1945
to Great Britain 1949, to United States of America 1975
Holly 2004
oil on linen
1 190.5 (h) x 215.9 (w) cm
14 60.96 (h) x 45.72 (w) cm
Private collection
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The Arrow

I thought of your beauty, and this arrow,

Made out of a wild thought, I in my marrow.

There’s no man may look upon her, no man,

As when newly grown to be a woman,

Tall and noble but with face and bosom

Delicate in colour as apple blossom.

This beauty’s kinder, yet for a reason

I could weep that the old is out of season.


William Butler Yeats In the Seven Woods  1903

Read by Sean Scully at the funeral of his mother.

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