29 November 2005

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TULLYBRANNIGAN, COUNTY DOWN
TULLYBRANNIGAN, COUNTY DOWN
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 101

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €3800


ISLANDERS, BURTONPORT
ISLANDERS, BURTONPORT
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 102

Published Estimate: €14,000-16,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 23 by 23cm., 9 by 9in.
  • Exhibited: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Bradbury Place, Belfast, circa 1968
  • Also with the former owner's inscription on reverse reading: “Jack (The Post) Boyle and his daughter, at Burtonport jetty, Aranmore through the rain in the distance. Bought at Middleton exhibition, Bradbury Place, (one owner)”.

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SURREALIST LANDSCAPE
SURREALIST LANDSCAPE
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 103

Published Estimate: €8,000-12,000

Price Realised: €8500


TERRACE HOUSES ON FIRE
TERRACE HOUSES ON FIRE
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 104

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €16000


MASQUERADE, 1960
MASQUERADE, 1960
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 105

Published Estimate: €7,000-9,000

Price Realised: €10500

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil and sand on board
  • Dimensions: 91 by 122cm., 36 by 48in.
  • Provenance: Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: ’New Work by Gerard Dillon’, Dawson Gallery, March – April 1962, catalogue no. 1; Guggenheim International Exhibition, New York, 1960; ’Gerard Dillon 1916-1971: A Retrospective Exhibition’, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, 24 January – 20 February 2003 and the Linen Hall Library, Belfast, 27 February – 21 March 2003, loaned by the present owner
  • This work was awarded the Guggenheim International Award in 1960.

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ABSTRACT
ABSTRACT
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 106

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €6000


EVENING LIGHT, 1979
EVENING LIGHT, 1979
Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 107

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 41 by 51cm., 16 by 20in.
  • Exhibited: ’An Exhibition of Paintings by Arthur Armstrong RHA’, Kenny’s Art Gallery, Galway, November 1979, catalogue no. 20
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WICKLOW REMEMBERED
WICKLOW REMEMBERED
Richard Kingston RHA (1922-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 108

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €9500

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on reverse with title and artist's address (11 Pembroke Lane, Ballsbridge)
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 61 by 122cm., 24 by 48in.
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STUDY YGGDRASIL III
STUDY YGGDRASIL III
Barrie Cooke HRHA (b.1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 109

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5600

  • Signature: signed and dated [1981] lower right; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 40 by 50cm., 16 by 20in.
  • Exhibited: ’Barrie Cooke’, David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, April 1984, catalogue no. 12
  • In Norse mythology the Yggdrasil, otherwise known as the “World Tree”, is the giant ash tree that links and shelters all the worlds. A larger work from this same series is in the collection of the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon.

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KARAMEA MOUNTAIN
KARAMEA MOUNTAIN
Barrie Cooke HRHA (b.1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 110

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: 


JAMES JOYCE STUDY, 1978
JAMES JOYCE STUDY, 1978
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 111

Published Estimate: €25,000-35,000

Price Realised: €46000

  • Signature: signed with initials and dated [1978] lower left; with a copy of a letter from the artist to the present owner, dated 5 December 1996, on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 39 by 36cm., 15.5 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Gerald Goldberg, Lord Mayor of Cork; Private collection, Cork
  • No. W363 in the artist's oeuvre.

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THE TAIN - MAGIC CHARIOT, 1991
THE TAIN - MAGIC CHARIOT, 1991
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 112

Published Estimate: €35,000-45,000

Price Realised: €35000

  • Signature: signed on label sewn on reverse
  • Medium: Aubusson wool tapestry. (no. 2 from an edition of 9)
  • Dimensions: 184 by 129cm., 72.5 by 50.7in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Galleries, November 2000; Private collection
  • Literature:  Louis le Brocquy: Aubusson Tapestries, Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 2001, unpaginated (illustrated)
  • Woven at the Atelier René Douche, France. One of a series of 22 tapestries based on le Brocquy's 1969 illustrations to The Táin. Issued in a limited edition of nine plus two artist's proofs. “I hope that these images from Táin Bó Cuailgne, transmuted into the woven forms of tapestry, may be seen as a tribute to the poet Thomas Kinsella, who inspired them and to the devoted publisher and designer, Liam Miller, who gave them their original coherence” (Louis le Brocquy, op. cit.).

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VENT
VENT
Cecil King (1921-1986)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 113

Published Estimate: €2,500-3,500

Price Realised: €3500


UNTITLED
UNTITLED
Felim Egan (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 114

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: 


STUDY TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF W. B. YEATS
STUDY TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF W. B. YEATS
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 115

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed and numbered lower left; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: aquatint with drypoint (no. 27 from an edition of 30)
  • Dimensions: 50 by 44cm., 19.5 by 17.5in.
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SAMUEL BECKETT ON THE BOULEVARD ST JACQUES, PARIS
SAMUEL BECKETT ON THE BOULEVARD ST JACQUES, PARIS
John Minihan (b.1946)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 116

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4600


HEAD
HEAD
John Kingerlee (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 117

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €9500


LANDSCAPE COMPOSITION, KILCATHERINE
LANDSCAPE COMPOSITION, KILCATHERINE
John Kingerlee (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 118

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4200


HEAD
HEAD
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 119

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: €29000

  • Signature: signed and dated [3 March 1961] lower left; with original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
  • Dimensions: 53 by 38cm., 21 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Gimpel Fils, London; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: ’Louis le Brocquy’, Gimpel Fils, London, Septemebr 1961, catalogue no. 25; Show toured to the Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich
  • Le Brocquy included several of his early “heads” paintings in his 1961 exhibition, including Head and Horizon (Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin) and the present work. In a letter to the owner of this work, le Brocquy expressed thanks for receiving a photograph of the piece, commenting: “I was most interested to see your photo of the early head, which I had almost forgotten, but think well of”. In response to a query as to whether the work was possibly a self-portrait he answered: “I cannot say I had myself in mind when I painted it, but then the artist’s identity seems often to be evident in his works, as has been remarked even in my painting images of others such as Yeats and Joyce!”. He continued by commenting that it was most likely the only profile head he ever painted. A copy of the letter is included with lot. This work is recorded as W.13 in the artist's archive.

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A GIRL SURVEYED, 1971
A GIRL SURVEYED, 1971
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 120

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Signature: signed and inscribed lower left
  • Medium: silkscreen print (no. 60 from an edition of 75)
  • Dimensions: 81 by 56cm., 32 by 22in.
  • Exhibited: 'A Girl Surveyed', Hanover Gallery, London, 25 March - 30 April 1971
  • Literature: A Girl Surveyed: Drawings in Blue by William Scott with Five Poems by Edward Lucie-Smith, Hanover Gallery, limited edition book (fifty copies), 1971, reproduced
  • Accompanying this lot is a second print, unsigned, based on the title page of the limited edition book.

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YELLOW SQUARE PLUS QUARTER BLUE
YELLOW SQUARE PLUS QUARTER BLUE
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 121

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €3600

  • Signature: signed and dated [1972] lower right; inscribed lower left
  • Medium: silkscreen print (no. 40 from and edition of 72)
  • Dimensions: 58 by 77cm., 23 by 30.5in.
  • Provenance: Adam Gallery, Bath; Private collection
  • Literature: Brian Balfour-Oatts, William Scott: A Survey of his Original Prints, Archeus Editions, London, 2005, page 35, listed as no. 46 in the chronological checklist
  • Printed at the Kelpra Studio and published by Leslie Waddington Prints Ltd for the portfolio, A Poem for Alexander.

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ODEON SUITE II
ODEON SUITE II
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 122

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5400

  • Signature: signed and dated [1966] lower right; inscribed lower left
  • Medium: lithograph (artist's proof set aside from an edition of 75)
  • Dimensions: 50 by 62cm., 19.5 by 24.5in.
  • Provenance: Adam Gallery, Bath; Private collection
  • Literature: Brian Balfour-Oatts, William Scott: A Survey of his Original Prints, Archeus Editions, London, 2005, page 53, listed as no. 20 in the chronological checklist
  • Sheet size: 24.5 by 29.5 inches. Printed on Rives paper Matthieu AG, Zurich, and published by Editions Alecto. The Odeon Suite was named after the Odeon Café in Zurich, which Scott frequented whilst working in the city. The entire suite of prints was exhibited at the Fifth International Biennial in Tokyo in 1966, where Scott was awarded the Ministry for Foreign Affairs Prize.

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ODEON SUITE I
ODEON SUITE I
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 123

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5800

  • Signature: signed and dated [1966] lower right; inscribed lower left
  • Medium: lithograph (artist's proof set aside from an edition of 75)
  • Dimensions: 50 by 62cm., 19.5 by 24.5in.
  • Provenance: Adam Gallery, Bath; Private collection
  • Literature: Brian Balfour-Oatts, William Scott: A Survey of his Original Prints, Archeus Editions, London, 2005, page 21 (illustrated) and 53, listed as no. 19 in the chronological checklist
  • Sheet size: 24.5 x 29.5 inches.

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THREE MUSICIANS
THREE MUSICIANS
Rowan Gillespie (b.1953)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 124

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €9500


FALCON
FALCON
Oisín Kelly RHA RUA (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 125

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €10200


ECHO
ECHO
Rowan Gillespie (b.1953)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 126

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €7700

  • Signature: signed and dated [1981]
  • Medium: cast bronze (no. 1 from an edition of 9)
  • Dimensions: 47 by 0cm., 18.5 by 0in.
  • Exhibited: ’Rowan Gillespie’, Solomon Gallery, Dublin, 4-26 May 1982, catalogue no. 15, illustrated in catalogue
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THREE SMALL BIRDS
THREE SMALL BIRDS
John Behan RHA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 127

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €3600


SCARECROW, FALLEN KITE AND MAGPIES - A DIPTYCH
SCARECROW, FALLEN KITE AND MAGPIES - A DIPTYCH
John Shinnors (b.1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 128

Published Estimate: €25,000-35,000

Price Realised: €30000

  • Signature: signed in lower right hand corner of second panel
  • Medium: oil on canvas mounted on board
  • Dimensions: 71 by 142cm., 28 by 56in.
  • Provenance: Private collection, Co. Cork
  • Exhibited: West Cork Arts Centre, Skibbereen. Co. Cork
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LIBERTY AT THE BARRICADES AFTER DELACROIX, THE THIRD OF MAY AFTER GOYA and THE RAPE OF THE SABINES AFTER DAVID (SET OF THREE)
LIBERTY AT THE BARRICADES AFTER DELACROIX, THE THIRD OF MAY AFTER GOYA and THE RAPE OF THE SABINES AFTER DAVID (SET OF THREE)
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 129

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: each signed, numbered and dated [1971 for the first, 1973 for the two others] lower left; also with artist's embossed studio stamp lower left
  • Medium: silkscreen print (no. 1 of 100, no. 1 of 75 and no. 1 of 75 respectively)
  • Dimensions: 50 by 64cm., 19.5 by 25in.
  • Exhibited: ’Ballagh 1968-1978’, Orchard Gallery, Derry, 14 September – 10 October 1979, catalogue no.s 8, 7 and 6 respectively
  • The first prints from each of the three editions.

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FIGURES UNDER THOMOND BRIDGE, LIMERICK
FIGURES UNDER THOMOND BRIDGE, LIMERICK
John Shinnors (b.1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 130

Published Estimate: €8,000-12,000

Price Realised: €13000


VIEW FROM INISHBOFIN
VIEW FROM INISHBOFIN
Martin Gale RHA (b.1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 131

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €9000


BY PASS III
BY PASS III
Martin Gale RHA (1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 132

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €12500

  • Signature: signed lower centre; signed again and dated [2003] on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas, triptych
  • Dimensions: 60 by 89cm., 23.5 by 35in.
  • Exhibited: ’Martin Gale: Paintings’ RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, 17 September - 24 October 2004, and Ulster Museum, Belfast, 2 December - 27 March 2005
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BATHERS
BATHERS
Martin Gale RHA (b.1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 133

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €10000


CONNEMARA PONIES
CONNEMARA PONIES
Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 134

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €29000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with studio no. PH. 529 on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 102 by 127cm., 40 by 50in.
  • Provenance: Studio Sale, Christie's, London, 10 July 1986; Private collection
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NEAR LEENANE, CONNEMARA
NEAR LEENANE, CONNEMARA
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 135

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €5600


LOUGH NAFOOEY, CONNEMARA
LOUGH NAFOOEY, CONNEMARA
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 136

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €5000


BEN GORM AND THE ERRIE RIVER, CONNEMARA
BEN GORM AND THE ERRIE RIVER, CONNEMARA
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 137

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1900

  • Signature:  signed lower left; inscribed with title and artist's reference no. (1506) on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 36 by 51cm., 14 by 20in.
  • Provenance: William Rodman & Co., Belfast; Private collection
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BERTRAGHBOY BAY, CONNEMARA
BERTRAGHBOY BAY, CONNEMARA
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 138

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2000


THE KILLARIES, CONNEMARA
THE KILLARIES, CONNEMARA
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 139

Published Estimate: €8,000-12,000

Price Realised: €9000

  • Signature: signed lower left; original label on reverse inscribed with title, price (£15-15-0), and artist's address: Craiglea, Groomsport, Co. Down)
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 38 by 50cm., 15 by 19.5in.
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1926, catalogue no. 73 (£15-15-0)
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A FLOCK OF SHEEP, 1925
A FLOCK OF SHEEP, 1925
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 140

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed by former owner on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 38 by 51cm., 15 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Purchased at the RHA by the Hon. Frederick Lawless, Lord Cloncurry, 1925; Private collection, Belfast
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1925, catalogue no. 138 (£15-15-0)
  • The first owner of this work, the Hon. Frederick Lawless (1847-1929), fifth Baron Cloncurry, was himself an artist and a friend of Whistler’s in the 1880s.

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THE OAK TREE IN THE PARK
THE OAK TREE IN THE PARK
Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 141

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed with initials lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 43 by 64cm., 17 by 25in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; James Adam Salerooms, 15 March 1990, lot 88 (as Cattle Grazing); Private collection, Co. Wicklow; Private collection, Dublin
  • Literature: Thomas Bodkin, Four Irish Landscape Painters: George Barret, R A, James A. O'Connor, Walter F. Osborne, R H A, Nathaniel Hone, RH A, Talbot Press, Dublin, 1920, listed as no. 119
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LOBSTER FISHERMAN, CARRAROE
LOBSTER FISHERMAN, CARRAROE
Charles Vincent lamb RHA RUA (1893-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 142

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €10600


SUNSET OVER THE BOG
SUNSET OVER THE BOG
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 143

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €12500


SUNSET OVER A LOUGH
SUNSET OVER A LOUGH
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 144

Published Estimate: €3,500-4,500

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower left; with the original framing label of Combridge's, Dublin, on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 17 by 25cm., 6.75 by 10in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the great-grandfather of the present owner
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TWILIGHT
TWILIGHT
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 145

Published Estimate: €15,000-18,000

Price Realised: €11600


A PICTURESQUE AND DESCRIPTIVE VIEW OF THE CITY OF DUBLIN, 1792-1799
A PICTURESQUE AND DESCRIPTIVE VIEW OF THE CITY OF DUBLIN, 1792-1799
James Malton (1761-1803)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 146

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: each inscribed "James Malton del. et fecit." in the plate
  • Medium: etching and aquatint (15) plus accompanying letterpress with ownership signature on front (unframed)
  • Dimensions: 26 by 38cm., 10.25 by 15in.
  • Provenance: James Gandon, architect (1743-1823); Property of a gentleman
  • Literature: Walter Strickland, A Dictionary of Irish Artists, Vol. II, IUP, Shannon, 1968, pages 91-95; Elmes and Hewson, Catalogue of Irish Topographical Prints and Original Drawings, Malton Press, Dublin, 1975, no. 2064, page 156
  • The complete first three folios issued. Thirteen of the prints are first state and the remaining two of Trinity College and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin are the extremely rare and highly desirable only state. First folio, issued October – November 1792: plates I, II, III, IV, extra plate A (the Arms of Dublin) and extra plate B (Survey of the City of Dublin as it stood in 1610, from Speed’s map). Second folio, issued July 1793: plates V, VI, VII, VIII, extra plate C (College Library, Dublin). Third folio, issued autumn 1794: plates IX, X, XI and XII. It is recorded that James Malton was articled to James Gandon for three years but did not complete the full term by mutual agreement. There is speculation that they sniped at each other subsequently; none the less Malton in his descriptive texts for those prints which mention Gandon is generous of the great architect’s achievements. An impeccable association copy of what Elmes and Hewson describe as “the most important series of engravings of Dublin”.

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EDMUND BURKE and OLIVER GOLDSMITH (A PAIR)
EDMUND BURKE and OLIVER GOLDSMITH (A PAIR)
John Henry Foley RA RHA (1818-1874)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 147

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €17500

  • Signature: Elkington & Co. foundry stamp on base
  • Medium: cast bronze (a pair)
  • Dimensions: 47 by 0cm., 18.5 by 0in.
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1861, catalogue no. 599 (Model Statue of Goldsmith, proposed to be erected by public subscription) – another cast; RA, London, 1861, catalogue no. 981 (Oliver Goldsmith; design for a bronze statue for Trinity College, Dublin) – another cast
  • Literature: Engraved: G. Stodart, Art Journal, 1865 (engraved illustration of the Goldsmith statue)
  • Marquettes for the full size bronzes erected outside the front gates of Trinity College Dublin in 1868 and 1863 respectively. The original plaster models for each are in the Birmingham City Art Gallery. Foley was one of the most eminent sculptors of the Victorian era. Strickland considered him “at his best, superior to any of his contemporaries” (Dictionary of Irish Artists, Vol. I, page 359). Born in Dublin, Foley entered the RDS Drawing Schools at an early age, winning numerous prizes and medals in modelling, before going to London to further his career at the RA School. From the 1840s onwards he won numerous prestigious commissions, not least of which was the central figure of the Prince Consort for the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens, and the O’Connell Monument in Sackville Street (now O’Connell Street), Dublin. His statues of Burke and Goldsmith are likewise ranked among his most important works.

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SAILBOATS ON BELFAST LOUGH (A PAIR)
SAILBOATS ON BELFAST LOUGH (A PAIR)
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 149

Published Estimate: €20,000-30,000

Price Realised: €19500

  • Signature: each signed and dated [1892] lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 30 by 20cm., 12 by 8in.
  • Provenance: By family descent since the late 19th century
  • This pair of Seascapes are two of only eight works by Paul Henry known to survive from the earliest days of his formal studies in art. Painted when the artist was aged sixteen, they show the influence of his first serious tutor, Thomas Bond Walker (1861-1933). His first encounter with Walker, Henry later commented, “changed the whole course” of his life, for Walker introduced him to oil paints. “I was entranced”, he recalled years after, “for I was entirely ignorant of what paint could do” (Henry, Further Reminiscences, 1973, pages 44, 46). Thus, virtually on the spot, he determined to become a painter. In the course of time, Walker introduced his pupil to the work of the English artist Robert W. Fraser (fl.1874-c.1901), whom he greatly admired. Frazer specialised in painting scenes of boats on river estuaries and such places, and soon Henry began to emulate him. Seascapes date from this time and Fraser’s influence, in terms of subject matter, concept and execution, is clearly evident in both. In particular, the sense of calm and stillness evident in Seascapes is characteristic of Fraser’s work and was also in later years to become an attribute of Henry’s art at its best. Seascapes thus shows the state of Paul Henry’s development on the eve of his enrolling as a student at the Belfast Government School of Art, in the autumn of 1895, and before he set out for Paris, an event that revolutionised not just his art but the future course of Irish landscape painting. Seascapes are numbered 262 and 263 in S. B. Kennedy’s forthcoming catalogue of Paul Henry’s oeuvre. Dr S. B. Kennedy, Seaforde, October 2005

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IN THE NORTH SEA
IN THE NORTH SEA
Edwin Hayes RHA (1819-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 150

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €9000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 30 by 50cm., 12 by 19.5in.
  • Provenance: Private collection, Iceland; Whyte's, 19 November 2002, lot 66; Whence purchased by the present owner
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ROSSNOWLAGH, COUNTY DONEGAL
ROSSNOWLAGH, COUNTY DONEGAL
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2005 / 151

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €5900


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