Many years later, in a detailed three-page typescript, Bill wrote a description for me of how he did not meet George Yeats, though for two years she had delivered to him via Michael tightly-packed tins holding the letters of JBY to his family.
Scholars, musicians and poets gathered in Chestertown, New York, called together by Declan Foley of Australia, to spend a weekend discussing JBY and his circle of friends and family.
JBY seemed to prefer his own progeny as sitters, making several portraits of each.
They include some remarkable, often forgotten, women: Violet Osborne, sister of the painter Walter Osborne; Ruth Heaven, sister of connoisseur patron Hugh Lane; and Rosa Butt, daughter of Isaac Butt, the Home Rule leader, for whom JBY devilled (10) while he trained for the Bar, before he had aspirations as an artist.
Anyone who saw the Sierra - registration number E761 JBY
- being dumped or who saw two men armed with shotguns in the area should phone police on 024 7653 9040.