Cuala Press Prints. IE TCD MS 11574 Public Deposited

Cuala Press Prints. IE TCD MS 11574

Shelf Mark/Reference Number
  • IE TCD MS 11574
Rights statement
  • Copyright The Board of Trinity College Dublin. Images are available for single-use academic application only. Publication, transmission or display is prohibited without formal written approval of the Library of Trinity College, Dublin.
Publisher location
  • Dublin, Ireland
Date Created
  • between approximately 1906-1968
Physical extent
  • 111 prints; 1 typed list
  • The Cuala Press Prints collection comprises 111 hand-coloured, photoengraved prints and cards designed, printed and sold by the Cuala Press between 1906-1968. The prints, greeting cards and Christmas cards were consistently reproduced throughout the life of the Press; the dates given in the descriptions are the dates when the print was initially designed; where the printing dates themselves are unknown a covering date of [1906-1968], the life time of the Press, has been applied. The prints were made using an Albion hand press, and were painted by Press employees. The prints vary in size, and consist of a series of illuminated poems, some with text by W.B. Yeats. Others portray depictions of Irish landscapes, folk scenes, and Irish rural life, often with extracts from poetry and prose in Carson Old Face, 14pt. The collection also includes a printed booklet of St. Patrick's Breastplate, along with prints taken from this with illustrated letters. The prints were commissioned in 1906 while Elizabeth Yeats was still at Dun Emer. In 1908, when Elizabeth established the Cuala Press in Churchtown, she continued to produce books, but increased production of hand-coloured prints, greeting cards, and other ephemera. These ephemeral materials were extremely important for the Press as they were a consistent way to turn a profit and were easy to reproduce using the same blocks. In a letter from Elizabeth Corbet Yeats to Mr Albert Ehrman, dated 15 May 1931, Elizabeth states that without the prints, greeting cards, and Christmas cards she "could not make the press pay" (Liam Miller, pg. 87, ‘Dun Emer Press, Later the Cuala Press’). The last catalogue of prints was published in the late 1930's and was issued from the shop and workroom at 133 Lower Baggot Street where the Yeats sisters showcased and sold their books, prints, cards, and embroideries directly to the public. Elizabeth Corbet Yeats died on the 16th January 1940, but the prints continued to be produced in Palmerstown Road by Georgie Hyde-Lees, wife of W.B. Yeats, along with F.R. Higgins as editor, until her death in 1968. For more information on the Cuala Press see the Library's blog by Ciara Daly at and Dr. Billy Shortall and Dr. Angela Griffith's piece, published on RTE's 'Brainstorm', at
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  • Cuala Press Prints collection is arranged alphabetically by artist's surname, and then according to the Cuala Press print number, where known. The Cuala catalogue numbers are taken from IE TCD MS 11535/49/19, 'List of hand-printed and hand-coloured prints with words [.] Also poems with initial letters', [c1942]. Catalogue numbers are also taken from IE TCD MS 11535/49/22, 'Christmas Card List published from 46 Palmerstown Road, Dublin', [c1950], IE TCD MS 11535/49A/20 'Cuala Press Prints brochure', [c1920], and IE TCD MS 11535 50/5 'A list of hand coloured prints now available for sale, The Cuala Press, 116 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 Ireland', [c1971]. Some prints were framed together by the donor. The dates given in the Jack Yeats prints, where known, are taken from Hilary Pyle's 'The different worlds of Jack B. Yeats: his cartoons and illustrations', pp. 283-295.
Collection title
  • Cuala Press Collection
Sub Fonds
  • Brigid O'Brien (Brigid Ganly) : Cuala Press Prints
  • Kathleen Verschoyle : Cuala Press Prints
  • Miscellaneous : Cuala Press Prints
  • Victor Brown : Cuala Press Prints
  • Anne Price : Cuala Press Prints
  • Beatrice Moss Campbell (Lady Glenavy) : Cuala Press Prints
  • Myles O'Reilly : Cuala Press Prints
  • Hilda Roberts : Cuala Press Prints
  • Thomas Bodkin : Cuala Press Prints
  • Emma Sylvia Duffin : Cuala Press Prints
  • Dorothy Isobel Blackham : Cuala Press Prints
  • Lilla Perry : Cuala Press Prints
  • Elizabeth Corbet Yeats : Cuala Press Prints
  • Shelia Goold Verschoyle (Sheila Fitzgerald) : Cuala Press Prints
  • Charles Braithwaite : Cuala Press Prints
  • Eileen Greig : Cuala Press Prints
  • George Atkinson : Cuala Press Prints
  • Mary Cottenham Yeats : Cuala Press Prints
  • Eileen C Peet : Cuala Press Prints
  • Art O'Murnaghan : Cuala Press Prints
  • Jack Butler Yeats : Cuala Press Prints
Finding aid
  • This collection of prints was gifted to the Library by Vin Ryan of the Schooner Foundation, who amassed the collection in the mid-20th century.
  • The conservation, metadata creation, and digitisation of the Cuala Press Prints was sponsored by the Schooner Foundation in 2020/2021.
Resource type
  • ink
  • colored ink
  • paper (fiber product)
  • b194478348


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