Known primarily as a poet, George Russell was a central figure of the Irish Literary Revival, as well as being an accomplished artist. From Co. Armagh, Russell attended the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in the 1880's and it was at this time that he encountered George Moore and W.B. Yeats. (Russell's portrait of Yeats is in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland). Interestingly, in 1908 he exhibited his work alongside that of Countess Markievicz, Dermod O'Brien and William J Leech. His work is included in most major national collections in Ireland, notably the National Gallery, the Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery, Armagh County Museum, Limerick City Gallery of Art, Cork's Crawford Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, The Abbey Theatre and The Ulster Museum.