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PARK PLACE, KNIGHTBRIDGE, LONDON, 1916
PARK PLACE, KNIGHTBRIDGE, LONDON, 1916
Rose Mary Barton RWS (1856-1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 101

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €8000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: watercolour on paper
  • Dimensions: 36 by 25cm., 14 by 10in.
  • Provenance: Christie's, The Irish Sale, 19 May 2000, lot 143; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at the WCSI, Dublin, 1927, catalogue no. 283; 'Exhibition of 18th, 19th and 20th Century Irish Paintings', Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 2-12 March 2005, catalogue no. 35
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AN OLD WOMAN AND CHILDREN IN A COTTAGE INTERIOR
AN OLD WOMAN AND CHILDREN IN A COTTAGE INTERIOR
William Gerard Barry (1864-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 102

Published Estimate: €60000-80000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 73 by 91cm., 28.7 5 by 36in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent
  • Literature: J. Campbell in Peter Murray (ed.), 'Irish Art, History and Society 1770-1995', Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 1995, p. 26; Theo Snoddy, 'Dictionary of Irish Artists, Twentieth Century', Dublin, 2002, p. 27
  • Of all the talented generation of young Irish artists of the 1880s who went to the Continent to study in the academies of Paris and Antwerp, who travelled to the artists’ colonies in France to paint from nature, and who gained success in exhibiting plein air canvases in London and Paris, one of the most unknown and mysterious remains the Cork artist William Gerard Barry. The early part of his career was marked by great promise but, although he lived a long life, the latter part of his life seems to have been spent in some obscurity. Barry studied first at the School of Art in Cork, then in the Academie Julian in Paris. He painted with contemporaries in Etaples in north-west France. He exhibited canvases at the Paris Salon and at the Royal Academy in London. He won the coveted Taylor Prize in Dublin. His early work showed great accomplishment, and he seemed to be on the verge of a successful career as an artist in Ireland and Europe. But then, through family or person circumstances, Barry left his native country, and emigrated to Canada. He lived a long life, but much of it seems to have been spent in peripatetic wanderings in North America, the South Seas, and Europe, settling in the South of France, with occasional return visits back to Cork, gaining what casual work or portrait commissions that he could as he went along. Much of the circumstances of Barry’s later life remain obscure. Only about ten of his canvases are so far recorded, and only one of these is in a public collection: the much-loved Time Flies of 1887 in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (fig. 1). A few of his portrait drawings are in private collections. Although his work is often of Continental subject-matter it displays a strong Irish sensibility. Thus the re-appearance of the present Barry painting, An Old Woman with Children in a Cottage Interior, which has always remained in the artist’s family, is a welcome occasion. William Gerard Barry was born into a large family in Ballyadam, Carrigtwohill, nine miles east of Cork city, in 1864. There seems to have been members of the Barry (or de Barra) family in Carrigtwohill since the 13th century. Barry was one of seven children, and the second son of William Henry Barry J.P. and Pauline Roche. Barry senior was a local magistrate and was Post-Master of Cork. 1 The artist was a cousin of the Smith-Barry family of nearby Fota House.2 Growing up in Co. Cork, close to the coast, the estuary of the River Lee, Barryscourt Castle and the woods of Fota Island, Barry developed a love of nature and rural subjects. He studied at the School of Art, Cork, 1881-83. This was an extremely interesting period, when the genre painter James Brenan was headmaster at the School, when Cork painter Henry Thaddeus Jones, who had just gained success in Paris, was teaching there briefly, and when the Cork Industrial and Fine Art Exhibition was held in 1883, attracting over 10,000 visitors.3 At the end of August 1882, Barry received good marks in his summer examinations.4 One of his teachers at the School of Art in 1883 is said to have been Henry Thaddeus Jones, a former pupil, and only a few years older than Barry. He had recently studied in Paris, and exhibited successfully at the Salon. His visit to Cork must have been brief as he was now based in Italy.5 But he was important in encouraging the young Barry to go to Paris to continue his studies at the Academie Julian. In 1883 Barry went to Paris and registered at the Academie Julian on 8th September.6 He appears to have been recommended by a friend, perhaps a fellow artist named Formies. His hand-written signature ‘W. G. Barry’ is recorded in a rare, surviving register of the Atelier of Boulanger and Lefebvre, two professors at the Academie.7 Although these teachers would have visited only once or twice a week, Barry would have gained a sound instruction in life drawing. In Paris he lived at no. 54, rue Notre Dame des Champs. This street in Montparnasse “accommodated more studios than any other street in Paris” and included those of many leading French artists. 8 (In the 1920s the writers Ernest Hemingway and Ezra Pound were to live there). Barry remained at Julian’s until 1884. Then, or a year or two later, Barry also studied in the atelier of portrait painter Carolus Duran, gaining from him an interest in Realism, and a bold, ‘painterly’ approach. According to the recollections of his niece, Edith Bourke, Barry also enjoyed a lively student life: “In 1886 he jumped into the Seine and rescued a man and a boy from drowning, for which he received the French Humanité medal‘’. And Barry “often spoke of his days in Montmartre, of his many spirited adventures there; on one occasion ... he spent a few nights in gaol for removing … the overhead trolley of a tram”.9 Barry was now beginning to make his name in Cork. Peter Murray records that a ‘Conversazione’ was held at the School of Art in Cork in April 1886, and that a painting by Barry entitled The Fountain was exhibited there. It depicted a woman at a fountain, filling a pitcher of water for a child.10 In the same year Barry enjoyed the success of having his painting Retour de la Peche aux Crevettes, a scene of prawn fishermen, accepted at the Paris Salon. 11 This was an extremely prestigious event for the artist, aged only twenty-two. The picture was sent from Barry’s Paris address, chez M. Foinet, 54 rue Notre Dame des Champs, but the picture must have been painted on the coast, perhaps at Etaples. Etaples was situated on the north-west coast of France, eighteen miles south of Boulogne, and there was a community of artists there: French, American, English and Irish. Amongst Barry’s compatriots were Frank O’Meara, Sarah Harrison, and fellow Cork painters Edith Somerville and Egerton Coghill. From Etaples Barry sent a painting entitled Abandoned to the Royal Dublin Society in 1887, and for this he was awarded the Taylor prize for £30.12 It was probably at Etaples that Barry painted Time Flies (Crawford Art Gallery, Cork), in 1887. The painting shows an elderly peasant woman in a woodland glade beside a river. The subject and the title of the picture suggest the theme of youth and age. The picture is similar to many plein air scenes of the period. But the golden tonality suggests nostalgia for the woods and estuary at Fota, and Barry uses an original dappled style to convey sunshine. In 1888 he enjoyed success in London: he sent Time Flies to the Royal Academy, from his home address in Carrigtwohill. He was also represented at the Irish Exhibition in London with two pictures sent from Co. Cork: Sunset in Picardy and The Shepherd’s Call.13 Curiously, he never exhibited his paintings at the Royal Hibernian Academy in Dublin. However, the year 1888 also marked a sad change in Barry’s circumstances: he appears to have had an argument with his father, and departed from Ireland.14 He sailed on a trans-Atlantic liner from Cobh to Canada, working his passage as a deck hand. Barry visited Montreal, and worked his way in Canada with various jobs, for instance as a ranch hand, and also painting wooden sign boards for ranches. He thereby saved money, which enabled him to work at his painting. It is possible that Barry made a return visit to Paris, circa 1890, and studied with the history painter Fernand Cormon, but this has not been confirmed. In 1911 Barry painted a charming plein air study of Breaking Waves, perhaps on the coast of Ireland, or America.15 He received commissions for portraits including one of President Wilson, which was apparently hung in the White House. In 1913 John Gilbert wrote in Cork that Barry “is now a most successful portrait painter in America”.16 Barry appears to have journeyed to the South Seas, travelling in the company of Frederick O’Brien, author of White Shadows in the South Seas, published in 1919.17 In 1924 he painted a portrait of Lady Davis, wife of Montreal philanthropist, Sir Mortimer B. Davis.18 Barry was living in New York in 1926, and appears to have visited Brittany in 1931.19 Barry remained unmarried, and settled in the French Riviera, renting a small studio there. He painted less, but he received portrait commissions in charcoal. His niece Edith Bourke remembered occasional visits home to Cobh by her ‘Uncle Bill’. Barry retired to St. Jean-de-Luz on the Atlantic coast, near the Spanish border. He is said to have shared a studio with Augustus John. He remained on here at the outset of the Second World War. Concerned about his circumstances (Barry was now in his late seventies), his niece wrote to Barry, or to a colleague of his. Mr Stephen Mullard, working in the Foreign Office in London, wrote a long letter in reply, informing her of Barry’s mixed circumstances, both personal and financial.20 The artist seems to have had a loyal servant, nick-named ‘Bonjour’, yet he was happy to mend his own shoes. He would like to have returned to Ireland, but was worried about disapproval from his family. Barry may have had an annuity of £2000, but much of it had gone in paying debts. Mullard had ensured that he was looked after by the Old Colony Trust. He wrote that Barry had “had a good collection of sketches, watercolours and oils left, most of which, as he had furnished them to various people, had now disappeared‘’. Barry was also suffering from ill-health, or had had an accident, and Mullard had recommended that he go to Portugal. Barry remained in St. Jean-de-Luz at the outset of the Second World War. There was the hope that he would be evacuated by an American warship offshore. But he died on 9th September 1941, apparently when a German bomb went off nearby, and a wardrobe fell on him. In the 1970s Mrs Edie Bourke wrote a brief, unpublished recollection of her uncle. An Old Woman and Children in a Cottage Interior is a homely, familiar subject; such peasant interiors with figures at the hearth being represented by many artists in the 19th century. But is it of an Irish or a Continental subject? The elderly woman wears a white bonnet, and a long dark dress, and apron. At first sight, it may appear that her hands are resting on her lap, and she is lost in thought. But closer inspection reveals that she is holding a long-handled frying pan over the fire, and she is cooking food. The children wait with anticipation. As in Time Flies the grandmother has been left to mind the children. The girl, with pretty face, rosy lips, and curly black hair looks at the flames, and she holds the younger child, perhaps her brother, or a sister with short fair hair, who holds a doll, protectively. Both children wear pale blue smocks over their clothes and sturdy shoes. The woman’s sense of calm and reflection is contrasted by the youthful liveliness of the children. The theme of Youth and Age was popular in 19th century painting. Yet the choice of elderly people and children as models was also of practical, as well as moral, application for artists. These were the people who remained in the village or at the hearth during the daytime – while the men were away toiling on the land, and the sea, and young woman were working in the fields or on the beach, or working in service – and, if agreeable, would pose for painters. Barry’s picture shows a simple domestic scene. The bareness and simplicity of the interior suggests that it is an Irish cottage subject. Aside from the figures, the light wooden chair with rush seat, and the low golden earthenware bowl, soon to be filled with hot food, the cottage is bare. Smoke rises from the fire, and the walls are rough. The fire has been brought out to the edge of the hearth. The mantelpiece is just visible at the top of the picture. Such cottage interiors with hearths were popular in 19th century Irish painting.21 As a student in Cork, Barry would have admired the impressive interiors with figures painted by his teacher James Brenan. Brenan’s charming little painting Patchwork, 1892 (Crawford Art Gallery), for example, shows an elderly woman sewing by the hearth. In Castletownshend in West Cork Edith Somerville was painting realistic pictures of similar subjects: for example, Retrospect 1887, showing an elderly woman in an interior, and The Goosegirl, 1888 (Crawford Art Gallery), featuring a girl in an interior, not dissimilar to Barry’s model. The white bonnet and dark dress in Barry’s picture are similar to those worn by some women in Brenan’s Co. Cork interiors. It is possible then that he painted it on a return visit home. However, the bonnet appears plainer and lacks frills at the front. Is it possible then that Barry’s canvas was painted in France rather than Ireland? The theme of the elderly peasant woman in a cottage interior – seated by the hearth, preparing a meal, darning clothes, looking out the door, or simply lost in thought, recollecting her youth – was one that was popular in European Realist painting from Millet to Kathe Kollwitz, especially in areas such as Normandy, Brittany and the Netherlands. Barry’s elderly woman thus has affinities with that in Jozef Israel’s Growing Old, circa 1878 (Gemeentemuseum, the Hague) and a host of pictures from the 1880s and ‘90s by Irish and Continental artists. These include Moderke Verhoft, by Walter Oasborne, An elderly lady making lace, an etching by Joseph M. Kavanagh, and Interior of a cottage, 1892, by Helen M. Trevor (all National Gallery of Ireland). Amongst the Continental pictures are Counting her Beads, 1892, and Growing Old, 1899, by A. Mouette, Sunbeam,1891 by Kuehl-Gotthart, Old Woman near the Fireplace by Hans Von Bartel, and Henri Delavallee’s characterful series of etchings of elderly Breton and Normandy women, 1890-93 (Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris) . The tonality of the painting is subdued, yet there is a pleasing balance between dark and light tones, and in the use of attractive colours throughout the picture: ochre, pale blue, maroon, pale umber, orange and gold. There is some affinity between the figures of the old woman and children and those in Time Flies. But there is a lightness in the brushwork of the interior, and the signature, ‘W. Gerard Barry’, is more relaxed in manner than the neat squared inscription ‘W. G. Barry in Time Flies, suggesting that the interior is a later work. Perhaps, as mentioned, it was painted on a return visit home to Cork, or on a later visit to north-west France. An Old Woman with Children in a Cottage Interior may never have been exhibited and has remained in the Barry family collection for many generations. Its provenance lies in direct descent from the artist himself. The painting is interesting for its rarity; it is one of few oil paintings by Barry to come on to the market in recent years. The majority of his paintings and drawings remain to be re-discovered, and hopefully more of them will re-appear in future years. Julian Campbell, Cork, August 2007 1 Rev. Edmund Barry, Barrymore: Records of the Barrys of Co. Cork, Cork, 1902, pp. 207-8. 2 ‘Recollections of Mrs Edith Bourke, niece of W. G. Barry’, Crawford Art Gallery Archives; Julian Campbell, in Peter Murray, Crawford Art Gallery: Illustrated Summary Catalogue, Cork, 1992, pp. 168-9; and Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists, Twentieth Century, 2002, pp. 27-8. 3 Peter Murray, op. cit., p. 248. 4 Peter Murray, ibid.. 5 Brendan Rooney, The Life and Work of Henry Jones Thaddeus, Dublin, 2003, p. 94. 6 List of students at Academie Julian, Archives Nationale de France, Paris, 63 AS 1 (2). 7 Register of Atelier of Boulanger and Lefebvre, Academie Julian, Archives Nationale de France, Paris, 63 AS 9. 8 John Milner, The Studios of Paris, 1988, p. 211. 9 Recollections of Edie Bourke. 10 Peter Murray, op. cit., p. 252. 11 Catalogue of Paris Salon, 1886. 12 Records of Taylor Prize, R.D.S. 13 Ann M. Stewart, Irish Art Loan Exhibitions, Index of Artists, Vol. I, 1990. 14 Recollections of Edie Bourke. 15 Milmo Penny Fine Art, Dublin, December 2001. 16 John Gilbert, ‘A Record of Authors, Artists and Musical Composers, born in the county Cork’, Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, Vol. 19, no. 100, October – December 1913, p. 179. 17 Theo Snoddy, op. cit., p. 27. 18 Dominic Milmo Penny, 2001, op. cit. 19 Theo Snoddy, op. cit., p. 27. 20 Letter from Mr Stephen Mullard, Foreign Office, London, to Mrs Edith Bourke, circa early 1940s. 21 For a scholarly discussion of this subject see Claudia Kinmouth, Irish Rural Interiors in Art, Yale, 2006, and Peter Murray (ed.), Whipping the Herring: Survival and Celebration in Nineteenth Century Irish Art, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork, 2006. I am very grateful to Peter Murray for assistance in my research upon W. G. Barry.

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AN IRISH COLLEEN
AN IRISH COLLEEN
Stephen Catterson-Smith Jnr PRHA (1849-1912)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 103

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2400


ANCIENT TOLL HOUSE NEAR CARDEN ON THE MOSELLE, 1886
ANCIENT TOLL HOUSE NEAR CARDEN ON THE MOSELLE, 1886
William Bingham McGuinness RHA (1849-1928)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 104

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscribed with title and price (£6-6) on label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 36 by 24cm., 14 by 9.5in.
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1887, catalogue no. 219 (£6-6-0)
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THE BLARNEY PIPER
THE BLARNEY PIPER
John Claude Bosanquet (fl.1870s)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 105

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 58 by 47cm., 23 by 18.5in.
  • The son of Cork artist John E. Bosanquet, John Claude exhibited eleven views of Cork and Kerry at the RHA in the years 1872-73 (see Strickland, Vol. 1, p. 72).

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AN IRISH MILKMAID
AN IRISH MILKMAID
 Irish School, circa 1840-60s

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 106

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: portion of an inscription upper left: "Stuart / Collage / Bank / Park"
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 48 by 34cm., 19 by 13.5in.
  • This watercolour with its close attention to detail shows a woman apparently standing by the roadside in typical Irish countrywoman’s dress. Her overskirt is tucked up around her waist with her blue and white apron tucked into the front. Farming women habitually went barefoot except for special occasions, and the colourful fringed woollen shawl was typical of those spun and woven in the thatched houses that can be seen in the background. She is probably a milkmaid, and she wears a ‘head ring’ over her scarf, which was sometimes of twisted straw or a roll of fabric, enabling her to balance her load comfortably on her head. The staved vessel that she balances like a caryatid on her head is tapered towards the top, to prevent the liquid spilling as she walks. Coopers made a variety of staved barrels and containers like this, usually with wooden hoops rather than these metal ones. The tap at the front allows her to fill the tankards for her customers, without even having to remove the butt or can from her head. Eighteenth century images of women selling ‘new milk’ or ‘sweet whey’ in Dublin show that such liquid refreshment was carefully measured for sale, and formed an important element of the Irish diet.1 Sweet whey was the watery substance that remained after making curds from milk, and the curds were spooned out and given to children. She would milk her cows in the morning and the evening as well as preparing the whey for sale. During the 1840s the writer Mrs Hall describes the numerous women who travelled the roads selling their wares, and whose “custom of carrying burthens [sic] upon their heads makes them remarkably erect”.2 The subject matter and assured realistic style of this watercolour is reminiscent of visiting English genre painters such as Francis W. Topham (1808-77) or Alfred D. Fripp RWS (1822-95), who together visited Ireland before and after the famine of the 1840s.3 Dr Claudia Kinmonth

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GANIAMORE FROM CARRIGART and THE  GLENVEAGH HILLS, DONEGAL (A PAIR)
GANIAMORE FROM CARRIGART and THE GLENVEAGH HILLS, DONEGAL (A PAIR)
Captain George Drummond Fish (1876-c.1938)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 107

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: each signed lower right and inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 28 by 40cm., 11.2 by 15.7in.
  • In the original matching frames of Combridge's, Dublin.

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GIPSIES
GIPSIES
Eugene J. McSwiney (1866-1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 108

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €900

  • Signature: signed lower left; original label on reverse inscribed with title and artist's address (48 Craven Park, Willesden, London)
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 53cm., 16 by 21in.
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1924, catalogue no. 3 (£10-0-0)
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RAMSGATE
RAMSGATE
Edwin Hayes RHA RI ROI (1819-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 109

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed lower left; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with pen and ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 20 by 34cm., 8 by 13.2 5in.
  • Exhibited: RI, details untraced
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FISHING VESSELLS IN A HIGH SEA, 1878
FISHING VESSELLS IN A HIGH SEA, 1878
Joseph Fitzgerald (fl.1878-1894)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 110

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 


PORTRAIT OF LADY HANNAH ALITHEA ELLICE, 1811 and PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN (A PAIR)
PORTRAIT OF LADY HANNAH ALITHEA ELLICE, 1811 and PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN (A PAIR)
Attributed to Sir Martin Archer Shee PRA (1769-1850)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 111

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: contemporary label on reverse of former
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 76 by 64cm., 30 by 25in.
  • Exhibited: RA, London, 1810, catalogue no. 87
  • Also with this lot is a second portrait, attributed to Shee, of a gentleman in a double-breasted black coat and riding gloves, oil on canvas, 30 by 25 inches. Shee exhibited portraits of both Lady H. Ellice and Lieutenant-Colonel Ellice at the Royal Academy in 1810. It is possible that the present portrait of Lady Ellice may be a contemporary copy of the 1810 exhibit, given that the label on reverse dates it to 1811.

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PORTRAIT OF A LADY TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS CAROLINE COURTENARY NEE SMITH BARRY
PORTRAIT OF A LADY TRADITIONALLY IDENTIFIED AS CAROLINE COURTENARY NEE SMITH BARRY
 Irish school late 18th century

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 112

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 76 by 64cm., 30 by 25in.
  • Provenance: Smith Barry family, Ballyedmond House, Middleton, Co. Cork; Thence by descent to the present owner as CAROLINE COURTENAY NÉE SMITH BARRY
  • Caroline was the eldest daughter of James Smith Barry (1746-1801) and Mrs Ann Tanner. Reared at Swearford Park, Oxfordshire, one of her guardians was Robert Courtenay of Ballyedmond House, Co. Cork, whose eldest son George she married in 1814. Caroline was recorded as an “eccentric, violent tempered woman, in a turban; the Longfields of Castle Mary were descended from her”.

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CANAL SCENE IN VENICE
CANAL SCENE IN VENICE
William Sadler II (c.1782-1839)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 113

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 13 by 19cm., 5.25 by 7.5in.
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited as 'A View in Venice' at the Cork Society for Promoting the Fine Arts, 1819, catalogue no. 65 (lent by J. Austen)
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PORTRAIT OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, 1908
PORTRAIT OF GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, 1908
Alvin Langdon Coburn (American, 1882-1966)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 114

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: vintage hand pulled photogravure
  • Dimensions: 21 by 17cm., 8.25 by 6.5in.
  • Literature: Camera Work, issue XXI, 1908, reproduced
  • Sheet size: 11.75 by 8.25 inches. Also with lot is a photogravure portrait of Coburn taken by Shaw, also measuring 8.25 by 6.5 inches, from issue XV of Camera Work, 1906. (2)

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JAMES JOYCE, 1920
JAMES JOYCE, 1920
Percy Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 115

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2400

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated in the plate; also with James Joyce's original autograph framed in the same mount
  • Medium: photolithograph
  • Dimensions: 33 by 23cm., 13 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Argosy Gallery, New York; Private collection
  • Literature: Wyndham Lewis, Thirty Personalities and a Self-Portrait, London, 1932, reproduced; B. Morrow and B. Lafourcade, A Bibliography of the Writings of Wyndham Lewis, Santa Barbara, 1978, A19; O. S. Pound and P. Grover, Wyndham Lewis: A Descriptive Bibliography, London, 1978, B3; Paul Edwards, Wyndham Lewis: Painter and Writer, Yale, 2000, pp. 247-8 (reproduced fig. 158)
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THE CHELSEA ARTS BALL
THE CHELSEA ARTS BALL
Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 116

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil, pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 25 by 19cm., 9.75 by 7.5in.
  • Exhibited: 'Autumn Anthology: An exhibition of British French and Irish paintings', Pyms Gallery, 26 October - 25 November 1983, catalogue no. 26
  • Depicts Orpen dressed as Chardin with a blue and white kerchief knotted round his head and a pair of pinz nez on his nose. Alongside him, in the garb of a nun, is thought to be his model and erstwhile mistress, Yvonne Aubicq, whom he met in France during WWI. Orpen painted Yvonne dressed as a nun in two portraits, one which he gave to her, and the other he kept for himself, hanging over the fireplace at South Bolton Gardens.

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ROSES IN A LUNEVILLE JUG
ROSES IN A LUNEVILLE JUG
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 117

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 


HEAD OF A WOMAN
HEAD OF A WOMAN
Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 118

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: exhibition labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 44 by 37cm., 17.5 by 14.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Leo Smith of the Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: Clifden Arts Week, October 1981
  • Possibly a portrait of Grace Henry’s friend and patron, Lorraine Creed Meredith, wife of the Hon. Mr Justice James Creed Meredith. Mrs Creed Meredith was herself an amateur artist and confidante of Grace Henry’s.

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GONDOLAS ON THE GRAND CANAL, VENICE
GONDOLAS ON THE GRAND CANAL, VENICE
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 119

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

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THE POOL OF LONDON, circa 1939
THE POOL OF LONDON, circa 1939
William John Leech RHA ROI (1891-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 120

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour and gouache on paper
  • Dimensions: 39 by 57cm., 15.5 by 22.5in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Whyte's, 21 September 2004, lot 57; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1939, catalogue no. 89 (£15-15-0)
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SNOW SCENE
SNOW SCENE
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 121

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 28 by 42cm., 11 by 16.5in.
  • Provenance: Pyms Gallery, London; Taylor de Vere's, Dublin, 11 November 1994; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited as 'Czechoslovakian Winter Landscape', at Pyms Gallery, London, November - December 1989, catalogue no. 10
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THROUGH THE WOOD
THROUGH THE WOOD
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 122

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2800


THE STRAND AT CARRAROE
THE STRAND AT CARRAROE
Frances J. Kelly ARHA (1908-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 123

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: gouache
  • Dimensions: 40 by 63cm., 15.7 5 by 24.7 5i
  • Provenance: Grafton Gallery, Dublin; Smurfit Collection; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited as Sraid-Bhaile na Ceathramhan Rua (watercolour), at the Oireachtas Art Exhibition, 1945, catalogue no. 124 (£21-0-0); Also possibly exhibited as Carraroe Landscape in the artist’s solo exhibition at the Dawson Gallery, October 1946, catalogue no. 28 (12 gns)
  • Born in Co. Louth, Frances Kelly – known as Judy to her friends – studied at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. In 1932 she won the Henry Higgins travelling scholarship, which enabled her to live in Paris for three years, studying under the Cubist artist Léopold Survage (1879-1968) and attending a number of other ateliers. On her return to Dublin she exhibited at Daniel Egan’s Gallery (1934); other solo exhibitions followed at the Dublin Painters Gallery (1941) and the Dawson Gallery (1945 and ’46). She also took part in group shows with the Dublin Painters Society, the RHA and the IELA. In 1935 she married the Irish statesman, F. H. Boland (1904-1985), who would become the first permanent Irish representative to the UN and later President of the General Assembly. During the early years of her marriage she painted portraits of the Director of the National Gallery, George Furlong, and poet Máire MacEntee. Michael Scott commissioned her to paint murals for the Irish pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair and, in 1941, for Tullamore Hospital (The Legend of St Columcille). The Russell Hotel on St Stephen’s Green and Butlin’s holiday centre at Mosney, Co. Meath, likewise commissioned murals, whilst others, depicting Irish labour, were painted in collaboration with Nano Reid for the Four Provinces building in Harcourt Street. In between she found time to raise five children including the poet Eavan Boland. Frances Kelly’s work is represented in every major public collection in Ireland.

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THE LOVERS and GEORGIAN DOORWAY WITH HARP – TWO STUDIES FOR THE RUSSELL HOTEL MURAL, ST STEPHEN’S GREEN, DUBLIN, circa 1958-59 (A PAIR)
THE LOVERS and GEORGIAN DOORWAY WITH HARP – TWO STUDIES FOR THE RUSSELL HOTEL MURAL, ST STEPHEN’S GREEN, DUBLIN, circa 1958-59 (A PAIR)
Frances J. Kelly ARHA (1908-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 124

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: each signed lower right
  • Medium: gouache, pencil and black crayon on paper
  • Dimensions: 34 by 74cm., 13.5 by 29in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent
  • The latter measures 12 by 31 inches.

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YOUNG COUPLE ON HORSEBACK HEADING TOWARDS TIR NA OIG and THE DANCERS – TWO STUDIES FOR A MURAL FOR BUTLIN’S HOLIDAY CENTRE (A PAIR)
YOUNG COUPLE ON HORSEBACK HEADING TOWARDS TIR NA OIG and THE DANCERS – TWO STUDIES FOR A MURAL FOR BUTLIN’S HOLIDAY CENTRE (A PAIR)
Frances J. Kelly ARHA (1908-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 125

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: the first signed "Frances Kelly" lower right; the second signed "Frances Boland" lower left
  • Medium: gouache, pencil and black crayon on paper
  • Dimensions: 22 by 83cm., 8.5 by 32.5in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent
  • The second work measures 8.5 by 37 inches.

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THE STORYTELLER and WOMAN WITH SPINNING WHEEL – TWO DESIGNS FOR MURAL DECORATIONS (A PAIR)
THE STORYTELLER and WOMAN WITH SPINNING WHEEL – TWO DESIGNS FOR MURAL DECORATIONS (A PAIR)
Frances J. Kelly ARHA (1908-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 126

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: the latter signed lower right
  • Medium: gouache, pencil and black crayon on paper
  • Dimensions: 22 by 80cm., 8.5 by 31.5in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent
  • The second measures 8.5 by 33. The former is a study for a mural for Butlin's Holiday centre at Mosney, Co. Meath. The second is a study for either the Butlin's mural or the Four Courts Guild mural.

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SUMMER'S DAY, VIEW OF THE SUGARLOAF FROM NEWTOWN MOUNT KENNEDY, COUNTY WICKLOW
SUMMER'S DAY, VIEW OF THE SUGARLOAF FROM NEWTOWN MOUNT KENNEDY, COUNTY WICKLOW
Frances J. Kelly ARHA (1908-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 127

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: 


A FASHIONABLE COUPLE AT TABLE, WITH A VIEW OF BAY AND BOATS BEYOND – DESIGN FOR A GRESHAM HOTEL MURAL
A FASHIONABLE COUPLE AT TABLE, WITH A VIEW OF BAY AND BOATS BEYOND – DESIGN FOR A GRESHAM HOTEL MURAL
Frances J. Kelly ARHA (1908-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 128

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €800

  • Medium: gouache, pencil and black crayon over wash on paper
  • Dimensions: 51 by 69cm., 20 by 27in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent
  • Possibly a view of the dining room at the Mulranny Hotel, Westport, Co. Mayo

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SPRING FLOWERS
SPRING FLOWERS
Geraldine M. O'Brien (b.1922)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 129

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2500


RESTING BY THE CROLLY RIVER
RESTING BY THE CROLLY RIVER
Kathleen Isabella Mackie ARUA (1899-1996)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 130

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2600

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • The Crolly River runs near Gortahork, Co. Donegal. Born Kathleen Isabella Metcalfe in Belfast in 1899, she studied at the Richmond Lodge School and later at Alexandra College, Dublin. Upon returning home, she enrolled at the Belfast School of Art, whilst also taking private lessons from the watercolourist Jessie Douglas. In 1921, she entered the RA Schools, London and the following year won the coveted £50 Taylor Scholarship. Her interest in landscape led to her friendship with Frank Egginton, whilst another fellow artist, Eileen Reid, encouraged her to exhibit with the WCSI. A retrospective of her work was held by the Ulster Museum in 1996.

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NEAR DUNLOW, DONEGAL
NEAR DUNLOW, DONEGAL
Kathleen Isabella Mackie ARUA (1899-1996)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 131

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 


FIGURES ON THE BEACH NEAR RUSH
FIGURES ON THE BEACH NEAR RUSH
Estella Frances Solomons HRHA (1882-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 132

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed lower right; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 30 by 46cm., 12 by 18in.
  • Exhibited: 'Summer Exhibition', Frederick Gallery, Dublin, 1-21 July 2000, catalogue no. 13 (illustrated in catalogue)
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MERMAID
MERMAID
Beatrice Elvery, Lady Glenavy RHA (1881-1970)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 133

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; inscribed on reverse with title, original price (£14) and artist's address (Rockbrook House)
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 38 by 46cm., 15 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Possibly at the IELA, 1947, catalogue no. 42 as 'Mermaid and Rose', or at the RHA, Dublin, 1954, catalogue no. 63 (£19-0-0)
  • Depicts the artist's own sculpture, which she exhibited at the IELA in 1947. In the same exhibition she also showed an oil entitled 'Mermaid and Rose', which may be the present painting.

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ANGELS WITH SPLIT PERSONALITIES, circa 1943
ANGELS WITH SPLIT PERSONALITIES, circa 1943
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 134

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour with pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 30 by 20cm., 11.7 5 by 7.75in.
  • Provenance: Gift of the artist to the present owner in 1943
  • In the original 1940s frame of the Charles Webb Print Shop, 4 Crampton Quay, Dublin.

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DATURA FLOWERS, circa 1940
DATURA FLOWERS, circa 1940
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 135

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3400

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and gouache
  • Dimensions: 39 by 33cm., 15.5 by 13in.
  • Exhibited: 'Norah McGuinness', Gordon Gallery, Londonderry, 6-28 September 1985, catalogue no. 22
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CAP D'AIL, 1938
CAP D'AIL, 1938
Kenneth Hall (1913-1946)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 136

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed and dated 28 January 1938
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Lucy Carrington Wertheim; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Second solo exhibition, Wertheim Gallery, London, 1938
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THE GARDEN CHAIR, BARMEATH
THE GARDEN CHAIR, BARMEATH
Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 137

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed lower left; original gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and gouache over pencil
  • Dimensions: 30 by 39cm., 12 by 15.5in.
  • A view of the gardens at Barmeath Castle, near Dunleer, County Louth.

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SAINT CECILIA, 1945
SAINT CECILIA, 1945
Cecil ffrench Salkeld ARHA (1904-1969)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 138

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: 


TREES, 1948
TREES, 1948
Lawrence Campbell RHA (1911-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 139

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2200


THE INTERLACED BRANCHES
THE INTERLACED BRANCHES
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 140

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title and price (£10-10-0) on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 30 by 39cm., 12 by 15.5in.
  • In the original Combridge's frame.

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YACHTS AND FISHING TRAWLERS AT HOWTH, COUNTY DUBLIN (A PAIR)
YACHTS AND FISHING TRAWLERS AT HOWTH, COUNTY DUBLIN (A PAIR)
Henry Healy RHA (1909-1982)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 141

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €2500

  • Signature: one signed lower left; the other signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 40cm., 12 by 15.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist; Thence by descent
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SET OF THREE WORKS COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF MATT TALBOT
SET OF THREE WORKS COMMEMORATING THE LIFE OF MATT TALBOT
Flora H. Mitchell (1890-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 142

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €5200

  • Signature: each signed lower right and inscribed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour, pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 23 by 15cm., 9 by 6in.
  • Individual titles are No. 18 Rutland St Dublin Where Matt Talbot Resided (exterior of building), No. 18 Upper Rutland St Dublin (interior), and Vault, Glasnevin. Two of the three measure 9 by 6 inches; the third measures 6 by 9.5 inches. The Venerable Matt Talbot (1856-1925) was a working class Dubliner who renounced alcohol and led an exemplary life of piety and charity. He died on the way to Sunday Mass and was initially buried in a pauper’s grave. In 1952 his remains were exhumed and transferred to a double vault, depicted here. He was beatified in 1975 by Pope Paul VI.

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ST STEPHEN'S GREEN EAST AND ENTRANCE TO HUME STREET
ST STEPHEN'S GREEN EAST AND ENTRANCE TO HUME STREET
Flora H. Mitchell (1890-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 143

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3400


HILL'S PHOTOGRAPHIC SHOP, LIFFEY STREET, DUBLIN, circa 1945
HILL'S PHOTOGRAPHIC SHOP, LIFFEY STREET, DUBLIN, circa 1945
Simon Coleman RHA (1916-1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 144

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: inscribed and dated on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 41 by 39cm., 16 by 15.5in.
  • The photographic studio of B. Hill was at 15 Upper Liffey Street. The present view is recorded as being taken from George Laffan’s antique shop, across the street at no. 26.

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SUNLIGHT ON SAILS, 1966-67
SUNLIGHT ON SAILS, 1966-67
Donald McIntyre RI RCA RSMA (Welsh b.1923)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 145

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €7700

  • Signature: signed lower left; original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Exhibited: Royal Society of Marine Artists exhibition, International Boat Show, Earl's Court, London, January 1967, catalogue no. 97 (30 gns)
  • A copy of the 1967 exhibition catalogue is included with lot.

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HARBOUR SCENE, WEST OF IRELAND
HARBOUR SCENE, WEST OF IRELAND
Desmond Turner RUA (b.1923)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 146

Published Estimate: €3500-4500

Price Realised: €4200


IRISES AND LILIES IN A COPPER VASE
IRISES AND LILIES IN A COPPER VASE
Hilda van Stockum HRHA (1908-2006)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 147

Published Estimate: €7000-9000

Price Realised: 


THE HAY CART, CONNEMARA
THE HAY CART, CONNEMARA
Gerald J. Bruen RHA (1908-2004)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 148

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on studio label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 38 by 46cm., 15 by 18in.
  • Exhibited: Kelly's Hotel, Rosslare, Co. Wexford, 1995, catalogue no. 12
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CHILDREN IN A FIELD, COUNTY MEATH
CHILDREN IN A FIELD, COUNTY MEATH
Simon Coleman RHA (1916-1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 149

Published Estimate: €4000-5000

Price Realised: 


SOUTH BEACH, SKERRIES
SOUTH BEACH, SKERRIES
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 150

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4600


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