Writing about the scenery he designed for Yeats's play Well of the Saints he confessed to another Irish writer, J.M. Synge: 'I wish I had been given the time to reason it out properly. I had to work from Yeats's descriptions of Ireland where I have never been' (letter, c. May 1908). It seems his travels always led him in the opposite direction, to France, Italy, Spain and other continental countries.
That aside, he was not very interested in the Irish cause, and would be bored by Yeats's nationalism, but had sympathy for the Irish stage and when the actors came to London he was in the audience. Yeats became the first playwriter for whom Ricketts designed costumes and Yeats and Ricketts worked together on several occasions.
|Cover for W.B. Yeats, Essays (1924), designed by Charles Ricketts|
|Dustwrapper for W.B. Yeats, Essays (1924), designed by Charles Ricketts|
|Decoration on the endpapers of W.B. Yeats, Essays (1924), designed by Charles Ricketts|