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GOLD PAINTING 65
GOLD PAINTING 65
Patrick Scott HRHA (b.1921)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 51

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €22000

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated [1969] on reverse
  • Medium: gold leaf and tempera on unprimed canvas
  • Dimensions: 178 by 81cm., 70 by 32in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin, whence purchased by Madame Zalstem-Zalessky; by whom bequeathed in 1990 to the present owner
  • Exhibited: ’Patrick Scott’, Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 5 - 22 November 1969, catalogue no. 13; ‘Modern Irish Painting’, exhibition organised by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon, which toured Scandanavia (Helsinki, Gotebörg, Norrköping and Stockholm), 1970, on loan from the Dawson Gallery
  • Literature: Dorothy Walker, 'Pat Scott', The Arts in Ireland, Autumn 1972, illustrated page 31
  • Formerly owned by Madame Evangeline Zalstem-Zalessky, who was born in 1897 in New Jersey, as Evangeline Johnson, daughter of Robert Wood Johnson, co-founder of the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson. Evangeline was thrice married, firstly to the conductor Leopold Stokowski, secondly to a Russian nobleman Prince Zalstem-Zalessky, and thirdly to the editor of The Arts in Ireland magazine, Charles Merrill Esq, with whom she lived for some years in Dublin before they both returned to the United States. She was a long-standing supporter of the arts, being patron of several museums including the Peabody Museum at Yale University and, since 1943, a Fellow in Perpetuity of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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STILL NOVEMBER
STILL NOVEMBER
Richard Kingston RHA (1922-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 52

Published Estimate: €12,000-15,000

Price Realised: €13000


LAKESIDE
LAKESIDE
Patrick Scott HRHA (b.1921)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 53

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €15000

  • Signature: signed and dated [1963] lower right
  • Medium: tempera on unprimed canvas
  • Dimensions: 86 by 112cm., 34 by 44in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery; Collection of the late Alan Tate, by whom bequeathed to the present owner
  • Exhibited: ’Patrick Scott’, Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin, 1981, catalogue no. 33, lent by Alan Tate and illustrated page 54
  • Literature: Medb Ruane, ‘Contemporary Artists No. 1: Patrick Scott’, Ireland Today: Bulletin of the Department of Foreign Affairs, No. 980, September 1981, page 5 (illustrated)
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GESTURAL DRAWING
GESTURAL DRAWING
Patrick Scott HRHA (b.1921)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 54

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1700


TIMBOUCTOO FROM AN ARAB BURIAL GROUND
TIMBOUCTOO FROM AN ARAB BURIAL GROUND
Michael Mulcahy (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 55

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed, dated [1989] and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour, brush and ink and coloured chalks on paper
  • Dimensions: 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in.
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PORTRAIT OF C.W.
PORTRAIT OF C.W.
Brian Bourke HRHA (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 56

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1900


TINKER TUNE ON 4
TINKER TUNE ON 4
Ciarán Lennon (b.1947)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 57

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and dated [1969] lower left; inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 119 by 99cm., 47 by 39in.
  • One of Ireland’s most respected abstract painters, Ciarán Lennon has long been concerned with notions of perception and the falsity of representational art. His works have been included in many prestigious group shows such as ‘A Sense of Ireland’ (1980), ‘The Pursuit of Painting’, curated by Stephen McKenna at IMMA (1997) and ‘Irish Art Now: From the Poetical to the Political’ (1999). Individually he has shown with the Project Arts Centre, Dublin, the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, the Green on Red Gallery, Dublin and the Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast. In this rare, early work, we see the beginning of his experimentation with ‘folding’ paint across the surface of the canvas.

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EDEN
EDEN
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 58

Published Estimate: €50,000-70,000

Price Realised: €45000

  • Signature: signed on label on reverse
  • Medium: tapestry
  • Dimensions: 112 by 175cm., 44 by 69in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Co. Donegal; Paul Hughes Fine Art, London; Private collection, Dublin
  • Literature: Dorothy Walker, Louis le Brocquy, Ward River Press, Dublin, 1981, pp.29-31; Thomas Agnew's & Sons, Louis le Brocquy: Aubusson Tapestries, Agnew's, London, 2001, unpaginated (illustrated)
  • This is one of three works on the theme of the Garden of Eden, commissioned in 1951 by the art collector Mrs S. H. Stead-Ellis. The three works, ‘Adam and Eve in the Garden’, ‘Eden’ and ‘Cherub’, were each intended to be adaptable for use as either a rug, screen or firescreen. Each work was made in an edition of nine in addition to the artist’s proofs. Of ‘Eden’ in particular, Dorothy Walker has written thus: ”’Eden’ remains one of le Brocquy’s most interesting works; the vibrant colourful design is based on a series of subdivisions of the classical Golden Section, yet the design bleeds off the tapestry in most unclassical manner. The Woman’s Heel which the Angel promised would crush the serpent descends from above, while the serpent continues to writhe below. The leaves of the Tree [of Knowledge of Good and Evil, depicted in ‘Adam and Eve in the Garden’] mingle with the tears of Adam and Eve while the fatal apple is discarded, bitten and segmented”. Dorothy Walker, Louis le Brocquy, Ward River Press, Dublin, 1981, p. 31

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ST. MARTINS, SCILLIES (75)
ST. MARTINS, SCILLIES (75)
Tony O'Malley HRHA (b.1913)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 59

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: 


BANANAS
BANANAS
Patrick Hickey HRHA (1927_1998)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 60

Published Estimate: €2,500-3,500

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: signed and inscribed lower right
  • Medium: oil on paper
  • Dimensions: 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in.
  • Exhibited: ’Patrick Hickey: Recent Work’, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, April 1986, catalogue no. 41
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VIKING
VIKING
Niall O'Neill (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 61

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: stamped in monogram on base
  • Medium: bronze sculpture on a black marble base
  • Dimensions: 58 by 46cm., 23 by 18in.
  • This piece was originally commissioned for a development site in Finglas Village, Co.Dublin. The project however never came to fruition due to Dublin Corporation road widening project, which encroached upon the intended site.

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MUSIC
MUSIC
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 62

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: €38000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title, dated [1953], numbered [168] and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 66cm., 20 by 26in.
  • Exhibited: ’Colin Middleton 1939-1954’, Victor Waddington Gallery, Dublin, June 1955
  • Colin Middleton was a keen musician, and the series of paintings of his second wife Kate playing their piano involved him for more than a decade. This painting shows Middleton at the height of his powers as an expressionist painter in the northern European tradition of Ensor, still drawing inspiration from the war and its effect on the individual. The turbulent swirling brushwork that dominates the painting and its broad tonal range evoke a vague landscape in which a sense of counterpoint is established between the two musicians. The female violinist is vulnerable in her nakedness, her instrument that of the wandering musician; she is one of the dispossessed figures that people Middleton’s post-war work, yet her fair hair and blue eyes radiate youth and optimism and pictorially she occupies the brightest area of the painting. The pianist is cast in opposition to her, hidden and presumably older, mysterious, dressed in black and playing a grand piano, the instrument most redolent of stability and prosperity, very different from the upright whose abstract properties subsequently became of such interest. This figure leads us into the unusually dark triangle of the lower right hand side of the painting, in which two figures, possibly an audience, seem to be cast adrift and helpless. When first exhibited in Dublin in 1955, the Irish Times reviewer found the work to reveal “flashes” of Middleton’s “surrealist idiom”, praising the exhibition as a whole for its breadth of style and experimentation (undated newspaper clipping held by N.I.V.A.L., Dublin). ‘Music, 1953’ is open to a number of interpretations, and is full of ambiguity, but it is a strong and unsettling picture in which no single mood dominates. Dickon Hall March 2003

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STILL LIFE WITH LAMP
STILL LIFE WITH LAMP
Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 63

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: €2200


DELPHINIUM BLUES and FLORAL THEME (A PAIR)
DELPHINIUM BLUES and FLORAL THEME (A PAIR)
Anne King-Harman (1919-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 64

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: the former signed lower left and inscribed on reverse; the latter signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 41cm., 20 by 16in.
  • Exhibited: ’Paintings & Drawings (1957-1962) by Anne S. King-Harman’, Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, circa 1962, catalogue no. 8 (‘Delphinium Blues’)
  • The second work measures 16 x 20 inches

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SEAWEED THEME, ORANGE AND GREEN IV, BALLYWALTER
SEAWEED THEME, ORANGE AND GREEN IV, BALLYWALTER
Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 65

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €8000


TABLE WITH TEAPOT
TABLE WITH TEAPOT
Colin Middleton RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 66

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €12000

  • Signature: signed lower right; signed again and inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 61 by 122cm., 24 by 48in.
  • Provenance: Collection of the Students' Union, Queens University, Belfast
  • Exhibited: ’Colin Middleton’, Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, December 1965, catalogue no. 3 (110gns); ’Colin Middleton’, retrospective organised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and An Chomhairle Ealaíon, exhibited at the Ulster Museum, Belfast, 14 January – 22 February 1976, and the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, 9 March – 3 April 1976, catalogue no. 67 (on loan from QUB Students’ Union)
  • Although the formal title of this painting suggests that the image derives from a still life, it seems to have been drawn initially from the silhouetted form of Mussenden Temple, which was built in 1783 on the cliffs at Downhill, Co. Derry, as a ‘summer library’ for Frederick Augustus Hervey, the eccentric Anglican Bishop of Derry. From the 1960s onwards, Middleton’s work reveals his fascination with the ambiguity of appearance and demonstrates his remarkable inventiveness at creating an image that can be read in a variety of ways. The highly refined and abstracted shapes of the present painting exploit this ambiguity. Indeed, when ‘Table with Teapot’ was first exhibited at the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery in 1965, art critic Bruce Arnold noted in his catalogue that it was suggestive of a “grey and craggy landscape, almost a battle field”. Even in the late 1950s, when his output of work seems to have dropped, Colin Middleton’s engagement with the landscape continued, but the style and intentions of his painting was changing dramatically. His approach to ‘place’ became more analytical and less emotional, as he began to search for a manner of evoking and replicating the physical and geological structure of the specific landscape as well as its visual appearance. The present painting, with its flattened planes and simplified treatment of the temple and the surrounding landscape, is typical of this style, with its sense of physical presence enhanced by the very limited and muted tones of greys, black and off-white. Dickon Hall March 2003

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PORTRAIT
PORTRAIT
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 67

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €5200


BUSY CITY STREETSCENE WITH GEORGIAN TERRACES
BUSY CITY STREETSCENE WITH GEORGIAN TERRACES
Kenneth Hall (1913-1946)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 68

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Lucy Carrington Wertheim, of the Wertheim Gallery, London
  • One of a number of works painted by Kenneth Hall in the 1930s whilst in Greece, England and Ireland, which were purchased by the art dealer and collector, Lucy Wertheim. Wertheim was a tireless promotor of young unestablished artists. Her ‘stable’ included Christopher Wood, Roland Suddaby and Frances Hodgkins, as well as many of the Irish ‘White Stag’ group such as Hall, Basil Rákóczi, Patrick Scott and Norah McGuinness. It is believed the present work may be a view of a street in Dublin.

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THE READER
THE READER
Yvonne Jammet (1900-1967)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 69

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,200

Price Realised: €1000


ORANGE SHAPES
ORANGE SHAPES
Norah McGuinness (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 70

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 56cm., 16 by 22in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin
  • Exhibited: ’Norah McGuinness’, Keys Gallery, Londonderry, June 1976, catalogue no. 2
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TREES, POULAPHOUCA, COUNTY DUBLIN
TREES, POULAPHOUCA, COUNTY DUBLIN
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 71

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated [1932] lower left; inscribed with title and artist's address on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 39 by 28cm., 15.5 by 11in.
  • This lot is being offered in aid of the Alexandra Guild

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BRASSERIE DUPONT, PARIS
BRASSERIE DUPONT, PARIS
Father Jack P. Hanlon (1913-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 72

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3000


THE ORANGE DOOR, MYKONOS, GREECE
THE ORANGE DOOR, MYKONOS, GREECE
Fergus O'Ryan RHA ANCA (1911-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 73

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €2200


THE MONASTERY, VALDEMOSA
THE MONASTERY, VALDEMOSA
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 74

Published Estimate: €12,000-15,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Painted circa 1958, when LMH exhibited a work titled 'Folk Dancing at Valdemosa' at WCSI.

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IN SUSSEX; EVENING; KINGSTON DOWN, SUSSEX; FLEETING CLOUDS (BLACKBOYS, SUSSEX) and THE BLUE JAR (5)
IN SUSSEX; EVENING; KINGSTON DOWN, SUSSEX; FLEETING CLOUDS (BLACKBOYS, SUSSEX) and THE BLUE JAR (5)
Edward Louis Lawrenson (1868-1940)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 75

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2400

  • Signature: the first work signed lower right; all others signed lower left; all works inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 29 by 42cm., 11.5 by 16.5in.
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin
  • Exhibited: The first work exhibited at the WCSI, circa 1930 (£6-6-0)
  • The other works measure: 11 x 15 inches, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, 12 x 16 inches and 15.5 x 11 inches respectively.

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AUTUMN, COUNTY DOWN
AUTUMN, COUNTY DOWN
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 76

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 


DRIVING HOME THE CATTLE
DRIVING HOME THE CATTLE
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 77

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: 


HAY MAKING
HAY MAKING
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 78

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: €36000

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 38 by 48cm., 15 by 19in.
  • In this view of a tranquil harvest scene, with the small chalk pit or quarry in the middle distance and a white cottage semi-hidden beneath a grove of trees, McKelvey demonstrates his prowess at capturing the play of light across a landscape. The composition is carefully demarcated into areas of light and dark, with the two young children in restful shade in the foreground, whilst the activity of the piece – the making of the hayrick – takes place in bright sunlight, giving way again to cool shadows in the distant, gentle hills. The painting dates to the 1920s or possibly early 1930s - arguably the peak of McKelvey’s career, when his brushstrokes are crisply and economically applied. The treatment of the cottage bears comparison with that of ‘Autumn Landscape, Maze, Co. Down, 1931’ (illustrated in S. B. Kennedy’s Frank McKelvey, Irish Academic Press, 1993, p. 50), whilst the subject matter might find an equivalent in another work, exhibited in 1931 at the RHA titled ‘The Road to the Quarry’ (present whereabouts unknown).

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THE DELPH WOMAN
THE DELPH WOMAN
William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 79

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5500

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: crayon drawing
  • Dimensions: 29 by 24cm., 11.5 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: The Bell Gallery Belfast, whence purchased by the present owner in 1965
  • With a second sketch of the same figure, partially completed, on reverse. It is believed this sketch relates to a large oil by Conor, dated 1912, which is in the collection of the Ulster Folk Museum. A copy of the original bill of sale is available with this lot.

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THREE SHAWLIES
THREE SHAWLIES
William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 80

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: €3800


STUDY OF MEN IN A PUBLIC HOUSE
STUDY OF MEN IN A PUBLIC HOUSE
 Irish/English School (early 20th century) 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 81

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €650


LAUNCHING THE CURRACH
LAUNCHING THE CURRACH
Seán Keating PRHA (1889-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 82

Published Estimate: €70,000-90,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right and again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 86 by 107cm., 34 by 42in.
  • Provenance: 'The Irish Sale', Christie's, South Kensington, 20 May 1999, Lot 22 (illustrated); Oriel Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin
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STUDY FOR SWINTON FAMILY PORTRAIT
STUDY FOR SWINTON FAMILY PORTRAIT
Sir William Orpen RA RI HRHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 83

Published Estimate: €1,500-1,800

Price Realised: €1300

  • Medium: pen ank ink
  • Dimensions: 28 by 22cm., 11.2 by 8.5in.
  • Provenance: Sketchbook given by the artist to fellow Slade School student, Michael Salaman; Pyms Gallery, London; Frederick Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: 'William Orpen: Early Work', Pyms Gallery, London, 20 May - 12 June 1981, catalogue no. 79 (illus.); 'Drawings, Etchings & Engravings', Frederick Gallery, Dublin, November 1998, catalogue no. 11
  • This work is a preliminary sketch for one of Orpen’s earliest commissions, a portrait of Sir George Swinton (a member of the London Corporation) with his wife (an actress) and two children, illustrated on p. 97 of Bruce Arnold’s book, Open: Mirror to an Age, Jonathan Cape, London, 1981. One of six known studies for the painting, it reveals, according to Arnold, “the development of relationships in an ambitious type of work, of a kind which Orpen painted regularly from 1900 until the first world war”.

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WALKING UP THE HILL
WALKING UP THE HILL
Hugh Thomson RI (1860-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 84

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,200

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: stamped "Enlish Ilustrated Magazine/ Macmillan & Os, 3 MAR. 88 / LONDON" on reverse
  • Medium: pen and ink drawing on board
  • Dimensions: 23 by 29cm., 9 by 11.5in.
  • Literature: Illustration for the English Illustrated Magazine, circa March 1888
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THE DREDGER - YORK DOCK, (BELFAST) 1908
THE DREDGER - YORK DOCK, (BELFAST) 1908
William Conor RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 85

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €3800


SET OF SIX CUALA PRESS PRINTS
SET OF SIX CUALA PRESS PRINTS
After Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 86

Published Estimate: €1,500-1,800

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: hand-coloured woodblock prints
  • Dimensions: 0 by 0cm., 0 by 0in.
  • Five of the six in Dawson Gallery frames. The four Yeats prints are ‘The Ancient Mare’ (Pyle catalogue no. 1747), ‘The Wren Boys’ (catalogue no. 2021), ‘The Message’ (catalogue no. 2042) and ‘An Old Slave’ (catalogue no. 1388, this one not in Dawson frame). The other two prints are Cottie Yeat’s (Jack’s wife) illustration to Katharine Tynan’s poem “Mater Dei”, and a print of leprechaun by E.C.B.

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'NOW'S YER TIME TER BE TOOK - YOU'LL NEVER BE YOUNGER!'
'NOW'S YER TIME TER BE TOOK - YOU'LL NEVER BE YOUNGER!'
Jack B. Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 87

Published Estimate: €40,000-50,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated [1897] lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 35cm., 9.75 by 13.7in.
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Gallery, March 1958; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: Clifford Gallery, London, 1897, catalogue no. 38
  • Literature: Hilary Pyle, Jack B. Yeats:His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin 1993, catalogue no. 66
  • ’Now’s Yer Time ...’ was exhibited at Yeats’ first London exhibition, held in the Clifford Gallery in 1897. The exhibition was really the start of Yeats’ professional career, showcasing 43 of the artist’s works and receiving excellent reviews. ‘Now’s Yer Time ...’ was actually one of two paintings in the show which depicted the same fairground. Here the setting is Arthur Hopkins’ photography booth where a young boy is being encouraged to have his photo taken. The boy looks up at the old man with a sense of awe and expectation, the photographer’s art being a relatively recent and exciting invention at the time.

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THE EDGE OF THE FOREST
THE EDGE OF THE FOREST
Wycliffe Egginton RI RWS (1875-1951)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 88

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: 


THE ANXIOUS MOMENT
THE ANXIOUS MOMENT
Louise Jopling RBA RP SWA (1843-1933)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 89

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: pastel drawing on canvas with a prepared ground
  • Dimensions: 76 by 76cm., 30 by 30in.
  • Exhibited: RHA, 1905, catalogue no. 336 (where it was mis-catalogued as "An Anxious Mother")
  • Inscribed on reverse with the artist’s address (Logan Place, Kensington) and title of the work, whilst a chalked shipping instruction reads “Mrs Shaw, Éire, 4 Pictures”. A keen suffragist, Jopling campaigned for equal rights for women members of the Society of Portrait Painters and was eventually rewarded when she was elected a member there in 1891. Later, in 1902, she made history by being the first woman to be elected RBA. Her elegant portraits and interiors appeared regularly at the Grosvenor Gallery in London and it was here too that a spectacular full-length portrait of her by Millais was exhibited to much acclaim in 1880. In 1905 she was profiled in Walter Shaw Sparrow’s Women Painters of the World and two decades later she published an autobiography, Twenty Years of My Life.

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FLOWERING RHODODENDRON
FLOWERING RHODODENDRON
Mildred Anne Butler RWS (1858-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 90

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 37 by 27cm., 14.5 by 10.5in.
  • Provenance: With the framing label of John Ryan, 66 Catherine Street, Limerick, on reverse
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ILLUSTRATION TO A FAIRY TALE, CIRCA 1886/1887
ILLUSTRATION TO A FAIRY TALE, CIRCA 1886/1887
John Butler Yeats RHA (1839-1922)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 91

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour heightened with white
  • Dimensions: 44 by 27cm., 17.5 by 10.5in.
  • Provenance: Purchased from the artist by a friend of the Yeats family; by whom given in 1936 to Mrs Buckley, Sandymount, Dublin; thence to her daughter Enid, by whom given in 1994 to the present owner
  • Inscribed on reverse with the instructions to a printer to reduce image to 7.5 x 4.75 inches, and with the artist’s name and address, 58 Eardley Crescent, Earls Court (Yeats’ address in 1886-1887), crossed out and replaced below with 3 Blenheim Road, Bedford Park, Chiswick (his address from mid-1887). Struggling to support his large family on the unreliable income of a portrait painter, Yeats left Dublin for London in late 1886 to attempt a living doing black and white illustration work1. From his initial residence in Eardley Crescent he submitted woodcuts and drawings to such publishing firms as Atalanta, Cassell’s, Harper’s and the Tract Society. However, an unprofessional approach and a distinct lack of marketing skills resulted in many such works not selling and consequently remaining with the family. Contrary to his son Jack’s illustrative work, JBY’s work in this field has been largely undocumented. The present work represents a rare – possibly unique – example of this part of JBY’s oeuvre. 1 William Murphy, Prodigal Father: The Life of John Butler Yeats (1839-1922), Cornell University Press, Ithica & London, 1978, p. 159.

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SELF PORTRAIT
SELF PORTRAIT
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 92

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: authenticated by the artist's brother Arthur Campbell ARUA on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour on card
  • Dimensions: 27 by 23cm., 10.5 by 9in.
  • With a sepia-tone photograph of the Blaskets on reverse.

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ROCKY COAST WITH WIND-BLOWN TREE
ROCKY COAST WITH WIND-BLOWN TREE
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 93

Published Estimate: €2,000-2,500

Price Realised: €2000


CONNEMARA LANDSCAPE
CONNEMARA LANDSCAPE
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 94

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1700


WOMEN AT A MARKET
WOMEN AT A MARKET
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 95

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: 


STUDY OF ROCKS IN WATER
STUDY OF ROCKS IN WATER
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 96

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: €1700


STUDY OF A HEAD
STUDY OF A HEAD
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 97

Published Estimate: €800-1,000

Price Realised: 


WOMAN IN PLAID SHAWL AND A CHILD IN MIDST OF A FOREST
WOMAN IN PLAID SHAWL AND A CHILD IN MIDST OF A FOREST
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 98

Published Estimate: €1400-1600

Price Realised: 


STANDING FEMALE NUDE
STANDING FEMALE NUDE
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 99

Published Estimate: €800-1,000

Price Realised: €1000


FEMALE NUDE WITH STUDY OF A MAN'S HEAD
FEMALE NUDE WITH STUDY OF A MAN'S HEAD
Sir William Orpen RA RI HRHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 April 2003 / 100

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Medium: pencil drawing
  • Dimensions: 23 by 18cm., 9 by 7in.
  • Provenance: Orpen's studio; Neptune Gallery, Dublin; James Adam & Sons, 18 July 1985, catalogue no. 5
  • Exhibited: 'Orpen Exhibition', Neptune Gallery, Dublin, 16 June - 14 July 1971, catalogue no. 40
  • Taken from a sketchbook of Orpen’s kept whilst a student at the Slade and for some time thereafter. At the time of the book’s sale, each page was photographed by the Courtauld Institute in London and the photographs are kept there in the Witt library. This work is recorded in their folio no. 65.

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