A city scene with a river cutting through most of the painting. Crowds are gathered along the streets and bridge watching others swim down the river.

The Liffey Swim Canvas Print

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The Liffey Swim was instituted as an annual race in Dublin in 1920 and became an important sporting event in the early years of the Free State. In the foreground of the scene, spectators crowd Bachelor's Walk to catch a glimpse of the swimmers while others enjoy a grandstand view from a double-decker tram. Further crowd throng O'Connell Bridge and the quay opposite. Yeats had, by this stage in his career, abandoned the strong outline of his earlier style in favour of broad, free brushstrokes and rich colours which have been rapidly applied.


National Gallery of Ireland Canvas Prints feel like having the real painting on your wall. Printed on Hahnemuhle Leonardo Canvas using ultra chrome HDR pigment inks, our canvas prints come rolled in a protective tube with the painting's information.

In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the canvas should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its harmful UV rays.


Dimensions (including border) : 55 cm x 70 cm

Dimensions of image: 37 cm x 56 cm


Original Painting Information

Jack B. Yeats, Irish, 1871-1957

The Liffey Swim, 1923

Oil on canvas, 61 x 91 cm

Presented, Trustees of the Haverty Trust, 1931


© National Gallery of Ireland


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