Penny, Brown Penny
PENNY, BROWN PENNY, oil, 131 X 65 cms
© Fergus A Ryan, 2020
The imaginary scene is based on a poem by W B Yeats. The young man is tossing a coin to ask it if he is old enough for love. Yeats was involved in the introduction of the beautiful coinage of the new Irish Free State in 1922, a series which remained in use until the adoption of the new European currency.
I whispered, 'I am too young,'
And then, 'I am old enough';
Wherefore I threw a penny
To find out if I might love.
'Go and love, go and love, young man,
If the lady be young and fiar.'
Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny,
I am looped in the loops of her hair.
W B Yeats