Jack Yeats, Olympic Silver Medalist


Before The Start

W. B. Yeats the poet had a kid brother, Jack Yeats, a painter.

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Early in his career he worked as an illustrator for magazines like the Boy’s Own Paper and Judy, drew comic strips, including the Sherlock Holmes parody “Chubb-Lock Homes” for Comic Cuts

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The Mystery Man

Jack Yeats won a silver medal at the 1924 Olympics (the Chariots Of Fire Olympics).  They used to give out medals in art and culture categories, and Jack won for The Liffey Swim:

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The juried art competitions were abandoned in 1954 because artists were considered to be professionals, while Olympic athletes were required to be amateurs.

Bring ’em back I say!

3 Comments on “Jack Yeats, Olympic Silver Medalist”

  1. andieflores@hotmail.com says:

    I like your posts, Hely. (I don’t know why I’m calling you by your last name….) You probably don’t need this affirmation from little me, but you’re doing a great job! Keep up the good work! 🙂 Andrea Flores

  2. helytimes says:

    Glad to hear it! Thanks Andrea!

  3. andieflores@hotmail.com says:

    Hi Steve, I don’t know you, but based on your tweets, I’m inclined to ask – how are you doing?


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