19 September 2006

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LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURE NO. 2, 1967
LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURE NO. 2, 1967
Brian Bourke HRHA (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 51

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated Summer '67 on reverse; also with exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 112 by 81cm., 44 by 32in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner, circa 1971/2
  • Exhibited: ’Brian Bourke: Paintings and Drawings’, Arts Council Gallery, Belfast, 1-24 May 1969, catalogue no. 17 as Figure in a Landscape no. 2 (80 gns); ’Brian Bourke: New Paintings and Drawings’, Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 5-21 June 1969, catalogue no. 2 as Figure in a Landscape (80gns); ’Brian Bourke: Paintings and Sculpture 1963-88’, Galway Arts Festival, 1988, catalogue no. 1 (loaned by the present owner)
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ANTIQUE IRON, circa 1973
ANTIQUE IRON, circa 1973
Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 52

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €12500

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title and artist's name and address ("Dun Laoghaire, Ireland") on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 56 by 64cm., 22 by 25in.
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IMAGE OF JAMES JOYCE, 1981
IMAGE OF JAMES JOYCE, 1981
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 53

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €6500

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated on reverse; gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: lithograph (no. 12 from an edition of 20)
  • Dimensions: 57 by 41cm., 22.5 by 16.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Private collection
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PICASSO, 1989
PICASSO, 1989
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 54

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €7000

  • Signature: signed, dated [1989] and numbered 23 of an edition of 29 lower right
  • Medium: lithograph
  • Dimensions: 67 by 51cm., 26.5 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford; Private collection
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TRAPEZE, 1989
TRAPEZE, 1989
John Shinnors (b.1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 55

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €28000


HORSE AND RIDER
HORSE AND RIDER
John Behan RHA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 56

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5600


GIRL CHILD, 1954
GIRL CHILD, 1954
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 57

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €5700

  • Signature: signed and inscribed lower right; gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: lithograph (no. 23 from an edition of 25)
  • Dimensions: 53 by 38cm., 21 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Private collection
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FIRE DANCE, 1964
FIRE DANCE, 1964
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 58

Published Estimate: €12,000-15,000

Price Realised: €30000

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower left; typed label on reverse with title and original price (100 gns)
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 122 by 102cm., 48 by 40in.
  • Provenance: Auction conducted at the Arts Club, Belfast 1983; Whence purchased by the present owner
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EIGHT IRISH WRITERS, 1981
EIGHT IRISH WRITERS, 1981
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 59

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €20000

  • Signature: each print inscribed and dated on half-title
  • Medium: collotype lithographs on Rives paper (no. 12 from an edition of 100); unframed
  • Dimensions: 33 by 28cm., 13 by 11in.
  • Provenance: Presented by the artist to Francis Stuart (1902-2000); By whom bequeathed to the present owner
  • One of the 25 hors commerce copies, presented to Francis Stuart who was one of the eight writers featured. The other authors were Yeats, Synge, Joyce, Beckett, Kinsella, Montague and Heaney. Accompanying each portrait head is a poem by the respective author, a biographical note by Andrew Carpenter, and a preface by Seamus Heaney. The eight charcoal drawings were printed by collotype lithography at the Imprimerie Arte Adrien Maeght, Paris, where the text was also printed. Presented in the original portfolio box made in Dublin by John F. Newman and Sons Ltd.

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STUDY TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF JAMES JOYCE, 1982
STUDY TOWARDS AN IMAGE OF JAMES JOYCE, 1982
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 60

Published Estimate: €25,000-35,000

Price Realised: €36000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour on Arches paper
  • Dimensions: 61 by 46cm., 24 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Commissioned by Mr Joe Kelly; Private collection, Dublin
  • Opus no. W668.

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WINDOW REFLECTIONS, 2000
WINDOW REFLECTIONS, 2000
Joe Dunne (b.1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 61

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: tempera on paper
  • Dimensions: 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner
  • Artist's number 2000/004.

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WILS PINK, 2002
WILS PINK, 2002
Richard Gorman ARHA (b.1946)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 62

Published Estimate: €3,500-4,500

Price Realised: €4200


BEING, 1997
BEING, 1997
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 63

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: €38000


THE T▌IN - SET OF TWELVE, 1969
THE T▌IN - SET OF TWELVE, 1969
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 64

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: each print signed, inscribed, dated and numbered
  • Medium: twelve lithographs, no. 8 from an edition of 70
  • Dimensions: 54 by 38cm., 21.2 by 15in.
  • The first of three portfolios of prints, or “lithographic brush drawings” illustrating the heroic Ulster epic, printed in Dublin by Frank O’Reilly in an edition of 70 plus one artist’s proof. Individual titles are: (1) Cúchulainn confronting Ferdia, (2) Death of Fraech, (3) Warrior killed, (4) Ferdia dead, (5) Cethern in battle, (6) Slain men, (7) Women watching, (8) Pillow talk, (9) The begetting of Conchobor, (10) Metamorphosis, (11) The birth of Conchubor, and (12) The infant Cúchulainn. Framed separately and accompanied by the original clamshell box with title-page and letterpress.

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WHITE OBJECT III, 2000
WHITE OBJECT III, 2000
Basil Blackshaw RHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 65

Published Estimate: €12,000-15,000

Price Realised: €16000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: gouache, pencil and collage on paper
  • Dimensions: 38 by 30cm., 15 by 12in.
  • Provenance: Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin; Dyehouse Gallery, Waterford; Private collection
  • Exhibited: ’Paintings and Sculpture by Basil Blackshaw and Carolyn Mulholland’, Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, June – July 2000 (illustrated in catalogue)
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UNTITLED, 1993
UNTITLED, 1993
Seán Scully (b.1945)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 66

Published Estimate: €50,000-70,000

Price Realised: €64000

  • Signature:  signed and dated 10.10.93 lower right
  • Medium: watercolour and gouache over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 39 by 38cm., 15.5 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Archeus Fine Art, london; Private collection, Dublin
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POND IN SPRING, MAY 1994
POND IN SPRING, MAY 1994
Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 67

Published Estimate: €50,000-60,000

Price Realised: €66000

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; inscribed, dated and signed in Irish on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 152 by 91cm., 60 by 36in.
  • Opus no. 2935. Painted in memory of Imelda Riney, her son Liam Riney, and Father Joe Walsh.

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PORTRAIT OF PETER PRINGLE IN JAIL
PORTRAIT OF PETER PRINGLE IN JAIL
Brian Maguire ANCAD (b.1951)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 68

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Signature: inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: mixed media on paper
  • Dimensions: 57 by 67cm., 22.5 by 26.5in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner
  • When first exhibited at the Triskel Arts Centre this work was described by Hilary Pyle as “a strong and intriguing portrait” (Irish Times, 30 September 1992). Peter Pringle served 15 years of a 40 year sentence in Portlaoise Prison. Whilst at Portlaoise he learnt to paint with the assistance of a number of visiting artists including Brian Maguire, and on release from prison in 1995 held an exhibition of his work at the Jo Rain Gallery, Temple Bar. Newspaper clippings relating to Pringle’s case included with lot.

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FAMILY
FAMILY
John Shinnors (b.1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 69

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €10000


HEAD OF A BOXER
HEAD OF A BOXER
Basil Blackshaw RHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 70

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €14500

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 41cm., 20 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Donated by the artist to a charity auction on behalf of Somalian refugees, c.1992; Whence purchased by the present owner
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HOWTH HARBOUR
HOWTH HARBOUR
Richard Kingston RHA (1922-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 71

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €9500


WEATHER HOUSE, 1956
WEATHER HOUSE, 1956
Camille Souter (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 72

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €10000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; exhibition labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on paper
  • Dimensions: 27 by 21cm., 10.7 5 by 8.25in.
  • Provenance: Sir Basil Goulding; De Vere's, Dublin, 21 November 2000, lot 318; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at the artist’s first solo show, El Habano Restaurant, 43 Grafton Street, Dublin, December 1956, under the title The Weather Glass; ‘Two Painters from the Collection of Sir Basil Goulding’, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 1965, catalogue no. 4; ’From the collection of Sir Basil Goulding, Bart.’, Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, in collaboration with the Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 2-18 December 1982, catalogue no. 61; ’Camille Souter Retrospective’, Model Arts and Niland Gallery, Sligo, 24 April – 2 June 2001, and RHA Gallagher Gallery, Dublin, 12 July – 26 August 2001, listed in catalogue page 58; ‘A Vision of Modern Art: In Memory of Dorothy Walker’, IMMA, Dublin, 25 February – 27 June 2004, listed and reproduced in catalogue (copy included with lot)
  • This work will be included in a forthcoming monograph on the artist by Garrett Cormican, to be published by Whyte’s in autumn 2006.

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HEADLAND WITH COTTAGE RUINS
HEADLAND WITH COTTAGE RUINS
Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 73

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €2600


HOT SUN OVER THE ITALIAN COAST
HOT SUN OVER THE ITALIAN COAST
Patrick Hickey HRHA (1927-1998)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 74

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 48 by 69cm., 19 by 27in.
  • Provenance: De Vere's, Dublin, 16 November 1999; lot 75; Estate of the artist; Whyte's, 19 February 2002, lot 64; Whence purchased by the present owner
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ORCHARD IN FLOWER
ORCHARD IN FLOWER
Alicia Boyle RBA (1908-1997)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 75

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; signed in full on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 36cm., 18 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Artist’s collection; Studio sale, de Vere’s Dublin, 22-29 September 1998, lot 106; Private collection
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HILLSIDE, KERRY, 1978
HILLSIDE, KERRY, 1978
Eric Patton RHA (1925-2004)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 76

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 


THE GREEN CHARTREUSE DRINKER
THE GREEN CHARTREUSE DRINKER
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 77

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: pastel on paper
  • Dimensions: 33 by 24cm., 13 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Apollo Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner in 1980
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SHOUT FOR HELP
SHOUT FOR HELP
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 78

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed and with studio stamp on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 24 by 15cm., 9.5 by 6in.
  • Provenance: Artist's studio; James Adam Salerooms, Dublin, 7 April 1993, lot 14; Whence purchased by the present owner
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ABSTRACT (SINGLE ELEMENT COMPOSITION)
ABSTRACT (SINGLE ELEMENT COMPOSITION)
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 79

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2000


SEATED NUDE IN CONTRAPPOSTO
SEATED NUDE IN CONTRAPPOSTO
Stella Steyn (1907-1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 80

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: atelier stamp on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 102 by 71cm., 40 by 28in.
  • Provenance: The artist's studio sale, conducted by thompson Roddick and Medcalfe Carlisle, 16 May 2005, lot 76 (illustrated on back cover of catalogue)
  • With a self-portrait of the artist at her easel on reverse. No. SP26 in the artist's oeuvre.

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STILL LIFE WITH MIRROR REFLECTIONS, 1950
STILL LIFE WITH MIRROR REFLECTIONS, 1950
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 81

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: pastel on paper mounted on board
  • Dimensions: 27 by 37cm., 10.5 by 14.5in.
  • The penguin paperback depicted in the composition is Ida Mann and Antoinette Pirie's The Science of Seeing, first published in 1946.

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STILL LIFE OF APPLES ON A TABLE
STILL LIFE OF APPLES ON A TABLE
Stella Steyn (1907-1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 82

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 


TABLETOP STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS AND FRUIT
TABLETOP STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS AND FRUIT
Stella Steyn (1907-1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 83

Published Estimate: €2,500-3,500

Price Realised: €3000


RHODODENDRON AND FRUIT ON A BLUE GROUND
RHODODENDRON AND FRUIT ON A BLUE GROUND
Stella Steyn (1907-1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 84

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 50 by 91cm., 19.7 5 by 35.7 5i
  • Provenance: The artist's studio sale, conducted by Thomson Roddick and Medcalf, Carlisle, 16 May 2005, lot 200
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HEAD OF A BLACK GIRL
HEAD OF A BLACK GIRL
Eileen Reid (1894-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 85

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 36cm., 18 by 14in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the artist to the present owner
  • Exhibited: 'The studio of Eileen Reid, 1894-1981', Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin, 3-21 December 1984, catalogue no. 21
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STANDING BOY
STANDING BOY
Eileen Reid (1894-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 86

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and with exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 30cm., 18 by 12in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the artist to the present owner
  • Exhibited: 'The studio of Eileen Reid, 1894-1981', Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin, 3-21 December 1984, catalogue no. 28
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AN OFFICER, 1923
AN OFFICER, 1923
Eileen Reid (1894-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 87

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed "Oulton" (artist's maiden name), inscribed and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 70 by 52cm., 27.5 by 20.5in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the artist to the present owner
  • Exhibited: 'The Studio of Eileen Reid, 1894-1981', Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin, 3-21 December 1984, catalogue no. 30
  • Submitted for the annual exam at the Royal Academy Schools, 1924. This is possibly a portrait of the artist’s husband Hugh C. Reid, who served in the Colonial Office in Nigeria. The pair married in June 1923 in St Stephen’s Church, Dublin. Reid returned to Nigeria immediately after, only to contract black water fever and die in February 1924.

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THE RED WAISTCOAT
THE RED WAISTCOAT
Eileen Reid (1894-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 88

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and with exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 41cm., 24 by 16in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the artist to the present owner
  • Exhibited: 'The studio of Eileen Reid, 1894-1981', Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin, 3-21 December 1984, catalogue no. 18
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WHITE LILIES
WHITE LILIES
Paul Nietsche (1885-1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 89

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4200


SEATED NUDE
SEATED NUDE
Patricia Griffith nee Wallace (1912-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 90

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: signed on reverse and inscribed "for Miss Nano Reid" on canvas overlap
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 51cm., 24 by 20in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the artist to the present owner
  • Born in Dublin, the daughter of William Wallace, company secretary to Arthur Guinness, Pat Wallace studied art at the RHA, Dublin, and the Slade, London. In the mid-1930s she worked as a scene-painter at the Torch Theatre in Dublin. Her first solo show was held at the Dublin Painters Gallery in 1942. During the 1940s her husband William A. Griffith owned the Unicorn Restaurant, where he employed a number of European refugees, and where Pat Griffith painted murals. During this period she exhibited with the White Stag Group. She also painted murals for the Wallace family’s Old Head Hotel in Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. She exhibited with the Dublin Painters and at the RHA and the WCSI, specialising in children’s portraits. She died in Dublin, 1973. (See Snoddy).

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CHILDREN OUTSIDE A GYPSY CARAVAN, 1935
CHILDREN OUTSIDE A GYPSY CARAVAN, 1935
Patricia Griffith nee Wallace (1912-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 91

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: inscribed and dated by former owner on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 71 by 89cm., 28 by 35in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the artist to the present owner
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RIVER SCENE WITH CHILDREN AND OIL-DRUMS
RIVER SCENE WITH CHILDREN AND OIL-DRUMS
Patricia Griffith nee Wallace (1912-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 92

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €9800

  • Signature: signed on reverse; also inscribed by former owner on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 72 by 91cm., 28.2 5 by 36in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the artist to the present owner
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MARGARET, circa 1915
MARGARET, circa 1915
Sarah Henrietta Purser RHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 93

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: €35000

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 76 by 61cm., 30 by 24in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the sitter to the present owner
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1915, catalogue no. 125; 'Sarah Purser ARHA: Pictures Old & New', Engineer's Hall, Dawson St, Dublin, May 1923, catalogue no. 6
  • Literature: The Studio, May 1915, mentioned in RHA review; John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, pages 260-1, catalogue no. 460
  • Margaret Griffith (1908–1986), only daughter of Frederick Purser Griffith and Marie Wilson, was seven years of age when her distant cousin painted this picture, a charming expression of the empathy with young sitters evinced by Sarah Purser since 1880 in the often difficult realm of child portraiture. A bright face and calm gaze, rich waving tresses, an informal costume and pose, whimsical by-play with a favourite toy, a well-lit figure in a murky setting, and a free and vigorous handling all combine in giving immediacy to the portrait, while enhancing its attraction as a picture. Questions of likeness in the portrait may be of little consequence now, yet it is more than interesting to see Purser’s proficiency in that aspect of portraiture verified now by the family resemblance between Margaret and her aunt Elsie (lot 96), whom she later succeeded as organizer of musical affairs at the Royal Dublin Society. Margaret shared with her aunt and grandmother (see lots 94-96) their second name Benigna, inherited from great grandmother Anna Benigna Fridlezius who in 1834 married John Tertius Purser, eldest of Sarah’s uncles, owner of Rathmines Castle and possessor of the fortune accumulated over three generations of Purser participation in the Guinness brewing enterprise. The Rathmines Castle façade makes an appearance in the background of this picture, beyond a darkening lawn and against a pale streak of sky under looming clouds. Sarah had set portraits outdoors as early as 1883, when a press review of the RHA referred to one such exhibit as “another example of Miss Purser’s originality and careful avoidance of anything savouring of the conventional portrait.” At the root of this refreshing mode lay her prowess as a painter of genre subjects, and she achieves that effect again here. Landscape was amongst her constant interests, sometimes with buildings, and often at dusk, but this is her only identifiable view of the estate which had been her own father’s home at the time of his marriage in 1836. There is no knowing if the elephant sniffs the flowers because its mistress liked it to, or because the artist liked pictorial anecdote; but Margaret’s attachment to her toy amused and touched Sarah, who designed and made a stained-glass image of the elephant at An Túr Gloine for her young model. Margaret¬¬ had the stained-glass panel hanging in a window near her own portrait as long as she lived. Dr John O’Grady Dublin, August 2006

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MISS GRIFFITH, circa 1915
MISS GRIFFITH, circa 1915
Sarah Henrietta Purser RHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 94

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 91 by 69cm., 36 by 27in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the sitter to the present owner
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1915, catalogue no. 38
  • Literature: The Studio, May 1915, mentioned in RHA review; John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, page260, catalogue no. 459
  • Alice Benigna Griffith (1876–1965), known as Elsie to her family, was daughter of the house at Rathmines Castle from 1893, a rôle in which she succeeded her mother (lots 94, 95). A talented musician, Elsie studied violin at the Berlin Imperial Academy of Music through the mid 1890s, and met Brahms whom she thought “a quiet, gently-spoken man and very kind to his pupils”. These characteristics were echoed in Elsie herself, a shy person, but much loved by children. Once back in Dublin, she involved herself in musical affairs both as a performer on violin and viola, and as a patron. From 1908 she helped to organize the annual Feis Ceoil, was honorary secretary for a decade, and on retiring in 1939 was made vice-president. She was equally active in arranging Royal Dublin Society concert presentations, a task later taken up by her niece Margaret (see lot 93). Kind and hospitable, Elsie always invited Feis Ceoil adjudicators and RDS recitalists to be her guests at Rathmines Castle. There too she hosted memorable Christmas parties for children every year, at which Santa Claus distributed generous gifts. Elsie was in her later thirties when she sat for this sympathetic portrait by her cousin Sarah, who herself at an early age briefly contemplated a career in music rather than in painting. Sarah had drawn a pencil sketch of Elsie about the time she went to Berlin, and at the same period had painted an informal likeness, long kept rolled up in a family attic. No particular occasion for the present formal portrait can be suggested now, unless it be that Sarah was then portraying Elsie’s father, Sir John Griffith, recently retired as Chief Engineer of Dublin Port and Docks Board. Sarah’s exhibits at the 1915 RHA included his portrait and those of Elsie and Margaret. All three paintings remained with various family members until today. Dr John O’Grady Dublin, August 2006

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ANNA BENIGNA PURSER, LADY GRIFFITH, circa 1889
ANNA BENIGNA PURSER, LADY GRIFFITH, circa 1889
Sarah Henrietta Purser RHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 95

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Signature: inscribed in a later hand on canvas over-lap
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 76 by 64cm., 30 by 25in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the sitter to the present owner.
  • Anna Purser Griffith (1837–1912), known as Nina in her family, was daughter of John Tertius Purser and Anna Benigna Fridlezius of Rathmines Castle, which she eventually inherited when her brothers – both university professors and unmarried – predeceased her. In 1871 she married John Purser Griffith (1848–1938), a Welshman who owed his second given name to a longstanding friendship between their fathers. A further connection was through Tertius’ sister Sarah, wife of the boy’s headmaster at Devizes, and of course an aunt of the artist too. The youth came to Dublin to study engineering at Trinity College, graduated in 1868, and embarked on an illustrious career which earned him a knighthood in 1911, so that Nina ended her days as Lady Griffith. Nina posed for her first cousin Sarah Purser several times, and her ease and good humour show in a pencil sketch inscribed MrsJPGrth which was in trade in Dublin a decade ago. This particular version, with its fine and subtle flesh-painting and the immediacy of direct eye contact between sitter and viewer, is quite sympathetic. It shows that there was a strong facial resemblance between the cousins, in spite of their age difference, and is remarkably like a photograph of Sarah taken in 1902. Dr John O’Grady Dublin, August 2006

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ANNA BENIGNA PURSER, LADY GRIFFITH, circa 1889
ANNA BENIGNA PURSER, LADY GRIFFITH, circa 1889
Sarah Henrietta Purser RHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 96

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas in a feigned oval
  • Dimensions: 76 by 64cm., 30 by 25in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the sitter to the present owner
  • Literature: John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, page 205, catalogue no. 193
  • Another portrait of Nina, Lady Griffith. In the present work she has a keen and lively expression, though her gaze is turned from the viewer. Her leg-of-mutton sleeves are in early 1890s fashion, which makes her retention of an indoor cap very conservative, yet the fact that it is not a black mourning-cap suggests that the portrait was made before her father died in 1893. Dr John O’Grady Dublin, August 2006

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JOHN WILLIAM GRIFFITH
JOHN WILLIAM GRIFFITH
Margaret Allen HRHA (1830-1914)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 97

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3400

  • Medium: pastel (oval)
  • Dimensions: 52 by 44cm., 20.5 by 17.5in.
  • Provenance: By descent from the sitter to the present owner
  • Margaret Allen was the first woman to be elected an honorary member of the RHA, yet relatively little is known about her life. During the years 1853-94 she showed more than fifty works at the RHA, mostly portraits and genre subjects such as The Last Hour in the Old Land, an eviction scene which sold through the Gorry Gallery in 1989. In addition to showing with the RHA, Allen also exhibited at the Manchester City Art Gallery, where she lived for some time in the 1890s, the Royal Society of Artists in Birmingham and at Walker Gallery in Liverpool. She died in Balleen, Co. Kilkenny, in 1914 (see Snoddy, pages 14-15). The sitter in the present work was the only child of John Purser Griffith and Anna Purser (pictured in lots 94 and 95). In 1903 he married Hilda Alexander, whose wedding portrait was painted by Sarah Purser (see O’Grady, page 246).

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IF THEY COULD TELL
IF THEY COULD TELL
Sophia Rosamond Prager HRHA RUA (1867-1954)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 98

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: €6800

  • Signature: incised signature lower right
  • Medium: plaster relief panel
  • Dimensions: 50 by 27cm., 19.5 by 10.5in.
  • Rosamund Praeger first made her name as an illustrator of children’s books. From 1899-1944 she showed over fifty sculptures at the RHA including works in marble, bronze and plaster, often featuring children. The present work may have been intended as a war memorial to the fallen of the Ulster Division in the battle of the Somme.

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JOHN GEORGE SMYLY, Q.C., 1833 and a collection of related miniatures
JOHN GEORGE SMYLY, Q.C., 1833 and a collection of related miniatures
George Freeman (British c.1787-1868)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 99

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and dated centre right
  • Medium: watercolour on ivory in a velvet-lined case
  • Dimensions: 11 by 8cm., 4.25 by 3.25in.
  • John George Smyly, Q.C., crown prosecutor and Counsel to the Dublin Metropolitan Police, of North Great George’s Street (by 1837) and 23 Upper Merrion Street (by 1850), married Eliza neé Ferguson in 1828 and had issue. Also with this lot is an unsigned oval miniature, watercolour on paper, circa 1800, 2.25 by 1.75in., of a young boy in a blue coat, thought to be John George Smyly. A third miniature, also unsigned, watercolour, 4 by 3.25in., shows Smyly at around the same age of the Freeman portrait. The fourth item is a cased Daguerreotype portrait of Smyly, middle-aged, taken by the studio of Motte Fouquet, 81 Rue de l’Ecu, Boulogne. (4)

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ASKEATON NEAR LIMERICK and KILLALOE, COUNTY LIMERICK (A PAIR)
ASKEATON NEAR LIMERICK and KILLALOE, COUNTY LIMERICK (A PAIR)
Richard Brydges Beechey HRHA (1808-1895)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 100

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4400

  • Signature: inscribed lower right and lower left respectively
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 20 by 30cm., 8 by 12in.
  • The second work measures 9 by 12.75 inches. The son of Sir William Beechey RA, Richard Brydges Beechey was a captain and later Admiral of the navy, who was also an accomplished painter on marine subjects. In the 1840s he was stationed near Limerick, engaged in surveying the River Shannon. During this period he produced a number of detailed, topographical drawings and what Crookshank and Glin describe as “extremely competent watercolours, including two of Askeaton Castle” (The Watercolours of Ireland, 1994, page 170).

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