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ABSTRACT NO. 21
ABSTRACT NO. 21
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 51

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €3200

  • Signature: signed lower left; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 28 by 51cm., 11 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; James Adam Salerooms, Dublin, 11 December 1986, lot 139; Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Nano Reid', Dawson Gallery, 14-28 July 1966, catalogue no. 21 (20 gns)
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SUMMER TREE, WILTSHIRE, 1949
SUMMER TREE, WILTSHIRE, 1949
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 52

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: €12000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with crayon and pencil
  • Dimensions: 20 by 20cm., 7.75 by 8in.
  • Provenance: Gift of the artist to the present owner
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A GIRL SURVEYED, 1971
A GIRL SURVEYED, 1971
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 53

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed lower left
  • Medium: silkscreen print (artist's proof)
  • Dimensions: 81 by 56cm., 32 by 22in.
  • Exhibited: 'A Girl Surveyed', Hanover Gallery, London, 25 March - 30 April 1971
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HEAD AND HANDPRINT, 1974
HEAD AND HANDPRINT, 1974
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 54

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and numbered lower left
  • Medium: aquatint on Arches paper (no. 25 from an edition of 75)
  • Dimensions: 39 by 40cm., 15.5 by 15.7 5in.
  • Exhibited: 'Louis le Brocquy: Seven Colour Etchings', Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 4-26 October 1974, catalogue no. 2
  • Sheet size: 26 by 20 inches. Published by Maeght Editeur, Paris.

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CORNFIELD THROUGH TREES
CORNFIELD THROUGH TREES
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 55

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: 


RECLINING NUDE, 1990
RECLINING NUDE, 1990
Neil Shawcross RHA RUA (b.1940)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 56

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: 


VILLAGE, PLAN DE GRASSE
VILLAGE, PLAN DE GRASSE
Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 57

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and inscribed lower right; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: crayon
  • Dimensions: 20 by 27cm., 8 by 10.5in.
  • Provenance: Hendricks Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by present owner, January 1972
  • Exhibited: 'Patrick Collins', Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, 11-29 June 1970, catalogue no. 38 (25 gns)
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TWO LEMONS AND GRAPES, 1974
TWO LEMONS AND GRAPES, 1974
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 58

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: €24000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: crayon and watercolour
  • Dimensions: 51 by 69cm., 20.2 by 27in.
  • Exhibited: Lister Gallery, Perth, 1977; 'William Scott: A Collection of Works on Paper', Julian Lax Gallery, London, 23 November - 19 December 1999, catalogue no. 29 (illustrated in catalogue)
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AURORA BOREALIS
AURORA BOREALIS
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 59

Published Estimate: €4000-5000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 24 by 18cm., 9.5 by 7.25in.
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin; Gift from Victor Waddington to the present owner
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SEATED NUDE, 1950
SEATED NUDE, 1950
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 60

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 


MOUNTAIN ROAD, COUNTY KERRY
MOUNTAIN ROAD, COUNTY KERRY
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 61

Published Estimate: €35000-45000

Price Realised: 


WOMAN IN HEADDRESS
WOMAN IN HEADDRESS
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 62

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 64 by 53cm., 25 by 21in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent
  • Literature: Michael Mulreany, Markey Robinson: Maverick Spirit, Ben Madigan Publications, Belfast, 2003, illustrated page 61
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THE POTATO PICKER
THE POTATO PICKER
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 63

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: 


BURTONPORT, 1940
BURTONPORT, 1940
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 64

Published Estimate: €40000-60000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Landscapes are rare amongst Colin Middleton’s earliest paintings. Brought up in Belfast, it was the city in which he seemed to find most inspiration until the mid-1940s, especially in the ambiguity of mood it provided for him during the war. It was the landscape of Donegal though, that had brought him back to painting; following the tragically early death of his first wife, Maye, in 1939, Middleton had been unable to paint for some time and it was only at Church Hill, later the home of Derek Hill, that he rediscovered his desire to paint or his ability to do so. Middleton exhibited three works with the title Donegal in his 1943 exhibition at the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery and painted two further works here in 1943, Landscape: Burtonport and Landscape with a Currach: Burtonport, and he was to return to Burtonport to paint in the 1970s when landscape was the main focus of his painting. The present work, however, is likely to be Burtonport exhibited in ‘Four Ulster Artists’ at 36 Arthur Street, shown amongst a number of paintings of Cave Hill and the Antrim Road, suggesting a date around 1940. The landscape is built up as a gentle, loose patchwork in calmly modulated colours, with each passage built up in repeated short and generally thinly applied brushstrokes. Its calm, muted mood is reminiscent of some of Middleton’s cityscapes of the early 1940s, such as those around Annadale Embankment. Dickon Hall Killinchy, Co. Down, August 2007

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THE SEVENTH WAVE, 1946
THE SEVENTH WAVE, 1946
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 65

Published Estimate: €40000-60000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; signed again, inscribed and dated 10 March 1946 on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • The Seventh Wave is closely related to another 1946 painting by Colin Middleton, Our Lady of Bikini; the latter has only a loose connection to his surrealist work at this time and was painted in direct response to a specific event, the atomic experiments at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific. The Seventh Wave can be read more as a pure seascape than Our Lady of Bikini, where we are conscious of the nightmarish heads that are overwhelmed by the waves and become part of them. The turbulence, its tilting planes and the hostile relationship between sea and sky of the present work look forward to Point of Phenick and its broadly rhythmic, extremely stylised shapes do not lessen its emotional impact. Both these paintings can be seen as the beginning of Middleton’s move away from surrealism towards expressionism as the dominant mode in which he painted over a period. They belong in both camps, but we can see Middleton reaching towards a greater immediacy and intensity in his work, as well as a greater concision of effect. Dickon Hall Killinchy, Co. Down, August 2007

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PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, 1948
PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, 1948
William Scott CBE RA (1913-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 66

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €6000

  • Signature: signed and numbered lower right
  • Medium: lithograph (no. 5 from an edition of 60)
  • Dimensions: 43 by 33cm., 17 by 13in.
  • Literature: Robin Garton, British Printmakers 1855-1955, Garton and Co., Devizes, 1992, no. 479; Brian Balfour-Oatts, William Scott: A Survey of His Original Prints, Archeus Fine Art, London, 2005 listed as no. 3, page 51
  • A portrait of the artist's wife Mary, commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the invention of lithography by Alois Senefelder.

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BERNADETTE KIERNAN, 1940
BERNADETTE KIERNAN, 1940
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 67

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €2400


MISS FITZGERALD, MAY 1931
MISS FITZGERALD, MAY 1931
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 68

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000


KILBRIDE, COUNTY WICKLOW, 1933
KILBRIDE, COUNTY WICKLOW, 1933
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 69

Published Estimate: €25000-35000

Price Realised: €36000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on reverse with title, date and artist's address (13 Stamer Street)
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Rose Black, Dublin; By whom given to the present owner
  • Kilbride lies to the east of Blessington and is a mountainous area, home to the Kippure Estate among others. According to Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of 1837, the area contains several raths (or stone forts) and “large unhewn blocks of granite” – a reference to the standing stones depicted to the left of Kernoff’s landscape. Kernoff exhibited another view of Kilbride in October 1929; priced at just £6-10-0, it was most likely a watercolour of the same view.

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BELLEVUE PARK STEPS, BELFAST, circa 1936-37
BELLEVUE PARK STEPS, BELFAST, circa 1936-37
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 70

Published Estimate: €7000-9000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 23 by 33cm., 9 by 13in.
  • Exhibited: ’Recent Paintings by Harry Kernoff RHA’, Mill’s Hall, Merrion Row, Dublin, 1-15 December 1937, catalogue no. 37 as Bell Vue Steps, Belfast (£12-0-0); Possibly later shown again at the Kernoff retrospective exhibition, Hugh Lane Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, 1976, catalogue no. 65, as Belleview Steps, Belfast (collection of Seán Collins)
  • Depicts the Grand Floral Staircase at Bellevue Gardens, near Glengormley in north Belfast. The gardens were laid out between 1911 and 1913 by Belfast Corporation. In 1933 twelve acres of land, either side of the staircase, were set aside for a zoological collection. The Bellevue Zoo – now known as Belfast Zoo – opened in 1934 and attracted over a quarter of a million visitors in its first year. Kernoff produced an oil painting of this same subject and exhibited it at the RHA in 1936 under the title A Flight of Steps in a Northern City.

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DONABATE, COUNTY DUBLIN, 1939
DONABATE, COUNTY DUBLIN, 1939
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 71

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €10000


ANNAMOE, COUNTY WICKLOW
ANNAMOE, COUNTY WICKLOW
Florence A. Ross (1870-1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 72

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: inscribed in another hand on reverse
  • Medium: pastel
  • Dimensions: 36 by 48cm., 14 by 19in.
  • Florence Ross was raised in her grandmother’s house in Orwell Park, Rathgar, next door to her cousin, John Millington Synge, who was her closest childhood friend. The Synge family later moved to Greystones and after the death of her mother, in 1891, Ross went to live with them in Wicklow. During the 1890s she would holiday with them at Castle Kevin, Annamoe, and after travelling abroad for some ten years she frequently returned to the same area. In 1907 she and Mrs Synge stayed at Tomriland House, the Annamoe farmhouse where Synge would write The Shadow of the Glen. Synge’s sister Elizabeth would sometimes accompany Ross on sketching trips in the area. A regular exhibitor at the WCSI, Ross showed a number of Wicklow landscapes including Annamoe Bridge (1932). The present work may be identified as one that Ross exhibited in 1940, titled The Enchanted Garden.

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ARBUTUS, KILLARNEY
ARBUTUS, KILLARNEY
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 73

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 23 by 33cm., 9.25 by 13in.
  • Provenance: Cora Lowery, Halifax, 1957; Private collection
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1954, catalogue no. 143 (£45-0-0)
  • The Arbutus Tree, also known as the Strawberry Tree, is found on the edge of the oak woods at Killarney, and has long been used in the production of furniture and smaller ornamental objects.

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'GOD BLESS THE WORK', SAID HE POLITELY - FROM A CROCK OF GOLD BY JAMES STEPHENS
'GOD BLESS THE WORK', SAID HE POLITELY - FROM A CROCK OF GOLD BY JAMES STEPHENS
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 74

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €12000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title, artist's address (13 Stamer St) and original price (175) on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 84 by 65cm., 33 by 25.7in.
  • Exhibited: 'Paintings by Harry A. Kernoff', Gieves Gallery, 22 Old Bond Street, London, March 1932, catalogue no. 27 (£15-15-0), illustrated on front cover of catalogue; RHA, Dublin, 1966, catalogue no. 128 (£175)
  • Whilst Kernoff apparently never produced a full set of illustrations to Stephen’s classic work, A Crock of Gold, he did illustrate a number of scenes from the book, including a watercolour dated 1925, sold through these room (16 September 2003, lot 61).

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MADONNA AND CHILD
MADONNA AND CHILD
Studio of Harry Clarke RHA (1889-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 75

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €5600


THE DEAD TREE, circa 1933-34
THE DEAD TREE, circa 1933-34
John Luke RUA (1906-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 76

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1700

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed lower left
  • Medium: linocut
  • Dimensions: 12 by 17cm., 4.75 by 6.5in.
  • Exhibited: 'Ulster Unit', Locksley Hall, Belfast, 1934; 'John Luke (1906-1975)', Ulster Museum, Belfast, and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, TCD, Dublin, organised by the Arts Council of Ireland and Northern Ireland, 1978, catalogue no. 91
  • The oil painting of this subject includes the figures of a woman and child with animals, and was the artist's first exhibit at the RUA in 1934. Another copy of the linocut is in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

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WESTERN PEASANTS (SKETCH FOR DECORATION), 1932
WESTERN PEASANTS (SKETCH FOR DECORATION), 1932
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 77

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €6000

  • Signature: signed and inscribed with title, price (£7-10-0) and artist's address (Metropolitan School of Art) on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 18 by 22cm., 7.25 by 8.5in.
  • Proceeds from the sale of this work go to the Carmelite Order’s Community Centre and Project Shop on Whitefriar Street. Another sketch from this series was exhibited at the Dublin Painters Gallery in 1932, priced at £3-0-0 and presumably smaller than the present work. In the original frame of the Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin.

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COTTAGES BY A BOG LAKE, WEST OF IRELAND, circa 1937
COTTAGES BY A BOG LAKE, WEST OF IRELAND, circa 1937
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 78

Published Estimate: €80000-100000

Price Realised: €86000

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 36 by 41cm., 14 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin; Whence purchased by Father Gerard Wiggins, circa 1937-38; Thence by descent
  • In the original frame of Combridge's, Dublin.

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WHERE THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE SWEEP DOWN TO THE SEA
WHERE THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE SWEEP DOWN TO THE SEA
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 79

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

Price Realised: 


EVENING IN THE WEST OF IRELAND (ACHILL), circa 1924-26
EVENING IN THE WEST OF IRELAND (ACHILL), circa 1924-26
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 80

Published Estimate: €20000-30000

Price Realised: €20000

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 13 by 15cm., 5 by 6in.
  • Provenance: Sale, Kennedy and Wolfenden, Templepatrick, 15 May 1984, lot 82; Purchased by the present owner from a Glasgow pictures dealer, Edinburgh Festival, circa 1984-5
  • Literature: S. B. Kennedy, 'Paul Henry: with a catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations', Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007, catalogue no. 1093, p. 310
  • In the original frame of Daniel Egan, 26 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin.

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A BOG BY THE SEA, circa 1915-17
A BOG BY THE SEA, circa 1915-17
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 81

Published Estimate: €60000-80000

Price Realised: €82000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title and original price (£8-8) on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 33 by 41cm., 13 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Magee Gallery, Belfast; Whence purchased circa 1930 by Dr Robert Gilmour; Thence to his sister, Milly Finlay MacKenzie, of Lochboisdale, Isle of South Uist, Scotland; By whom given to the father of the present owner, circa 1960
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited as The Bog by the Sea, ‘Paintings by Paul Henry’, Hackett Gallery, New York, 10-22 March 1930, catalogue no. 6; ‘Paintings of Ireland by Irish Artists’, Grace Horne’s Gallery, Boston, 31 March – 18 April 1930, catalogue no. 4; ’Four Irish Artists: J. Humbert Craig, Paul Henry, E. L. Lawrenson, J. Crampton Walker’, Fine Art Society, London, November 1930, catalogue no. 53
  • Literature: S. B. Kennedy, 'Paul Henry: with a catalogue of the Paintings Drawings Illustrations', Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007, catalogue no. 428, illustrated p. 186
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MILKING, circa 1919-20
MILKING, circa 1919-20
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 82

Published Estimate: €70000-90000

Price Realised: €60000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 55cm., 18 by 21.7in.
  • Whilst chiefly remembered as a landscape painter, Frank McKelvey also excelled at figure painting, often combining the two genres to great effect. A realist painter at heart, McKelvey evidently derived great pleasure in depicting the quiet, daily occupations of the country people around him, primarily in Antrim and Donegal. At art school in Belfast he won numerous awards for figure drawing, including the Sir Charles Brett Prize (1912) and the Fitzpatrick Prize (1914). His study of an old woman, The Grandmother (now in the Ulster Museum, Belfast) was awarded £10 at the Taylor Prize Competition in 1918. In the same year he began exhibiting at the RHA, showing three works including In Country Antrim and Summer, either of which could speculatively fit the present work (the apple-tree in Milking has borne fruit, suggesting the season is summer). Genre scenes predominated during McKelvey’s early years. In 1919 he exhibited Companions at the RHA, a work which was almost certainly a depiction of two young girls with their pet rabbits, exhibited again some years later under the title The Good Companions and sold through these rooms in recent years (29 November 2005, lot 80). Both Milking and The Good Companions share many features in common, not least of which was that they were painted on canvases of the same size. The foreground in each is a verdant mass of grass swiftly painted with sloped brushstrokes. In contrast, the humans and animals are painted with far greater deliberation – the dappled shadows carefully observed and the paint built up in multiple layers. In the distance of both compositions, a row of trees painted with thin blue-grey washes acts as a visual barrier, drawing the eye back to centre stage. There can be little doubt that the two works were painted, at most, within two or three years of the other. McKelvey frequently chose themes connected to small-scale farming and animal husbandry. In 1919 he exhibited a watercolour, Milking Time, at the Belfast Art Society, and the following year Feeding Time – almost certainly a painting of a woman throwing grain to a flock of hens – featured at that same venue and again at the RHA. Tending Her Goats, painted in the 1920s and sold through these rooms (21 February 2006, lot 87), likewise showed a woman with her small herd, which would have been kept for milk. Farming on such a modest scale would continue for several decades yet, before the introduction of milking machines and rotary milking sheds eliminated the need for twice-daily hand-milking.

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DONEGAL HERRING BOATS, 1930
DONEGAL HERRING BOATS, 1930
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 83

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €8000


FIGURES ON A BEACH, COUNTY DUBLIN, circa 1906-10
FIGURES ON A BEACH, COUNTY DUBLIN, circa 1906-10
William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 84

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €15000

  • Signature: with the canvas maker's stamp of J. D. Spence, Dublin, on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 16 by 22cm., 6.25 by 8.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Eva and Letitia Hamilton; Thence by descent
  • This small scale work has all the hallmarks of a Leech painting, painted en plein air, possibly at Malahide after Leech returned to his parent’s home at Yew Park, Clontarf. The figures of the women, the handling of their dresses, the brush strokes capturing water, the areas of bare canvas and the distant horizon are all typical Leech characteristics. This was the period Leech was most influenced by Whistler, producing simplified tonal landscape studies up to 1910. At this time he painted in the landscape, using oils and canvas boards which fitted into his small carrying case. In 1906 he showed a landscape titled Near Malahide at the RHA. The following year he showed Malahide at the Royal Institute of Oil Painters. Malahide (7.5 x 9.5 inches) is a small study, showing that he was adapting his Concarneau method of plein air small-scale painting. When Leech returned to Dublin from Brittany in 1906 he was soon embraced into the artistic circle of George Russell (A.E.), Constance Gore-Booth and her husband Casimir Dunin Markievicz. He exhibited nearly seventy paintings with them in a group exhibition at the Leinster Lecture Hall in August 1907. This exhibition received a very full and comprehensive review in The Irish Times, possibly written by Thomas Bodkin, whose time in Paris in 1906 attuned him to Impressionist principles and an admiration for the plein air qualities in Leech’s work, especially the “small sketches done direct from nature”.1 The reviewer also noted “with the exception of a few more important works, the majority of Mr Leech’s pictures are small sketches done direct from nature en plein air. They are composed in a key of low tones of colour, treated with absolute directness, and laid on in a series of blots, the relative value having been carefully considered by the artist before beginning the picture”. Seamus Ó Congaile likewise commented in Sinn Féin on Leech’s “inordinate fondness for working on small sizes”.2 Ó Congaile singled out “No. 87 (Malahide) a picture full or repose and quiet colour … it is a pity Mr Leech is so fond of working on [small] sizes, some of them little larger than a post-card”.3 In December 1909 Leech exhibited with Jack Yeats, Albert Power, Eva Hamilton, William Orpen, Lily Williams, A.E., Constance Gore-Booth and Dermod O’Brien in the first Aonach art exhibition, organised by Sinn Féin as part of the Irish Festival at the Rotunda, in an effort to awaken an awareness in Irish art. Leech had already exhibited with Eva Hamilton in the society of Young Irish Artists at the Leinster Lecture Hall from the Spring of 1902. Like Leech, Eva had attended the Metropolitan School of Art and together they exhibited in these large group exhibitions in Leinster Hall. Dr Denise Ferran August 2007 1 ‘Pictures at the Leinster Lecture Hall’, The Irish Times, Monday, 26 August 1907, col. 4, p. 6. 2 Seamus Ó Congaile, ‘A Picture Parley’, Sinn Féin, 31 August 1907, p. 3. 3 Seamus Ó Congaile, ‘The Young Irish Artists’, Sinn Féin, 20 April 1907, p. 3

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ABOVE THE LAKE, GLENDALOUGH, 1940 and THE LOWER LAKE, GLENDALOUGH, COUNTY WICKLOW (A PAIR)
ABOVE THE LAKE, GLENDALOUGH, 1940 and THE LOWER LAKE, GLENDALOUGH, COUNTY WICKLOW (A PAIR)
Gladys Wynne (1876-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 85

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1400

  • Signature: each signed lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 27 by 37cm., 10.5 by 14.5in.
  • The second work measures 10 by 13.25 inches. In the original frames of the Victor Waddington and Combridge's Galleries, Dublin.

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RENVYLE, COUNTY GALWAY, 1909
RENVYLE, COUNTY GALWAY, 1909
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 86

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; inscribed on reverse with title and original price (£2-10-0)
  • Medium: watercolour on board
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Berkley Castle, Gloucestershire, since circa 1918; By descent to present owner
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ON DUBLIN BAY, 1906
ON DUBLIN BAY, 1906
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 87

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5400

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 10 by 18cm., 4 by 7in.
  • Provenance: Berkley Castle, Gloucestershire, since circa 1918; By descent to present owner
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SWISS ALPINE SCENE WITH FIGURE PULLING SLED
SWISS ALPINE SCENE WITH FIGURE PULLING SLED
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 88

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4400

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 13 by 18cm., 5 by 7in.
  • Provenance: Berkley Castle, Gloucestershire, since circa 1918; By descent to present owner
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BREEZY DAY, MARBLE HILL STRAND, COUNTY DONEGAL
BREEZY DAY, MARBLE HILL STRAND, COUNTY DONEGAL
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 89

Published Estimate: €20000-30000

Price Realised: €20000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 69cm., 20 by 27in.
  • Provenance: Golden wedding anniversary present to the grandparents of the present owner, circa 1935-36
  • In the original gilt frame of the John Magee Gallery, Belfast.

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BOG NEAR TOOME BRIDGE, COUNTY ANTRIM, circa 1922
BOG NEAR TOOME BRIDGE, COUNTY ANTRIM, circa 1922
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 90

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 27 by 37cm., 10.5 by 14.7in.
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited as A By-Road, near Toome, Co. Antrim, RHA, Dublin, 1922 catalogue no. 27
  • Literature: S. B. Kennedy, Frank McKelvey RHA RUA: A Painter in His Time, Irish Academic Press, 1993, reproduced plate 13, pp. 28-9, 84
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PATH TO THE COAST
PATH TO THE COAST
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 91

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €5000


DONEGAL
DONEGAL
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 92

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €9500


LOUGH ANURE, COUNTY DONEGAL
LOUGH ANURE, COUNTY DONEGAL
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 93

Published Estimate: €12000-15000

Price Realised: €11500

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title and artist's address on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at the RHA, Dublin, 1937, catalogue no. 82; or at 'Recent Paintings by James Humbert Craig RHA', Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin, 12-22 November 1940, catalogue no. 24 (£24-10-0)
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CHILDREN FISHING AT THE HARBOUR
CHILDREN FISHING AT THE HARBOUR
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 94

Published Estimate: €20000-30000

Price Realised: €16000


WEST OF IRELAND COTTAGES
WEST OF IRELAND COTTAGES
Mabel Young (1889-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 95

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €6200


COTTAGE AT ROCKPORT
COTTAGE AT ROCKPORT
Maurice Canning Wilks RUA ARHA (1910-1984)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 96

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5800

  • Signature: signed lower left; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin
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GATHERING KELP ON MERRION STRAND, 1884
GATHERING KELP ON MERRION STRAND, 1884
Rose Mary Barton RWS (1856-1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 97

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4400


BOAT MOORED IN AN ESTUARY, 1914
BOAT MOORED IN AN ESTUARY, 1914
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 98

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €5900


A LITTLE BOY WITH A ROCKING HORSE, 1901
A LITTLE BOY WITH A ROCKING HORSE, 1901
Leo Whelan RHA (1892-1956)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 99

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: watercolour, pencil, pen and ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 30 by 20cm., 12 by 8in.
  • Leo Whelan was a precociously talented artist. By the age of eleven he was enrolled at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art where, a few years later, Orpen would encounter him and rate him as one of the “promising youth”. As a child he won numerous prizes for art: in 1901 he won a silver medal at the National Art Competition for ‘foliage modelled from nature’ and in the same year was awarded the prestigious King’s Prize for his exam results. Two years later he won the only medal to be awarded to a student at DMSA in the National Competition: a bronze for his chalk study of drapery arranged on the antique figure. It has been suggested that the present work is a self-portrait, although it seems more probable that the sitter was in fact a younger brother or cousin of Whelan’s.

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YOUNG BOY IN A SAILOR SUIT, 1918
YOUNG BOY IN A SAILOR SUIT, 1918
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 17 September 2007 / 100

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 36 by 23cm., 14 by 9.25in.
  • Painted within a year of Jellett’s enrolling at the Westminster School of Art, the delicate drawing and naturalism – achieved no doubt in a single sitting – reveal the influence of the Westminster’s principal master, Walter Sickert. Jellett produced numerous portrait sketches in the years 1917-18. One such, of a young woman, also painted in 1918, depicts the same floral drapery in the background and the outlines of paintings and books protruding into the edge, as seen in the present composition (see Bruce Arnold, Mainie Jellett and the Modern Movement in Ireland, plate 28, p. 24).

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