2 March 2009

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MYTHOLOGICAL SCENE: GODDESS AND SATYRS WITH BARQUE BEYOND
MYTHOLOGICAL SCENE: GODDESS AND SATYRS WITH BARQUE BEYOND
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 101

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €900

  • Medium: black and white chalk on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Dr. O'Grady notes that the seagulls detailed in this work are typical of Sarah Purser's style. This work, he indicates, was likely to have been executed during her time at the Académie Julian where students were encouraged to draw from memory and from imagination.

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LIFE STUDY: RECLINING NUDE WITH HER HAIR UP
LIFE STUDY: RECLINING NUDE WITH HER HAIR UP
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 102

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €400

  • Medium: charcoal on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 30 by 46cm., 12 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • Head and torso of a young boy on reverse

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LIFE STUDY: WOMAN RECLINING ON A SOFA
LIFE STUDY: WOMAN RECLINING ON A SOFA
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 103

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €450

  • Medium: charcoal on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 41 by 46cm., 16.2 5 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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WOMAN WITH BESEECHING ARMS
WOMAN WITH BESEECHING ARMS
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 104

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: charcoal on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 28 by 29cm., 11 by 11.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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LIFE STUDY: YOUNG GIRL STANDING; STUDY OF FEET AND LEGS IN LOWER CORNER
LIFE STUDY: YOUNG GIRL STANDING; STUDY OF FEET AND LEGS IN LOWER CORNER
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 106

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €700

  • Medium: charcoal on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 59 by 44cm., 23.2 5 by 17.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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LIFE STUDY: YOUNG BOY
LIFE STUDY: YOUNG BOY
Marie Louise Catherine Breslau (Swiss, 1859-1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 107

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed upper right corner
  • Medium: red and black chalk heightened with white on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 60 by 38cm., 23.5 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Marie Louise Catherine Breslau met Sarah Purser at the Académie Julian in Paris, where she arrived during the summer of 1875. In November 1978 Purser enrolled at the Académie and was impressed by the talented Breslau, who had already gained a reputation as a talented artist among her peers. Breslau and Purser shared an apartment together for the duration of their studies and remained life-long friends, corresponding regularly long after Purser returned to Ireland. In 1879, with a portrait Tout Passé, Breslau was the only student from the Académie Julian women's atelier to debut at the Paris Salon. Shortly afterwards Breslau opened her own atelier and became a regular contributor and medal winner at the annual Salon, Paris. Due to her success at the Salon and favourable notice from the critics, she received numerous commissions from wealthy Parisians and became well-regarded among her contemporaries, such as Edgar Degas and Anatole France. Breslau went on to become the third woman ever to be presented with France's Legion of Honour award.

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LIFE STUDY: YOUNG WOMAN WITH HAND ON HIP
LIFE STUDY: YOUNG WOMAN WITH HAND ON HIP
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 108

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €650

  • Signature: signed S.H.Purser upper right; with detail of hand on reverse
  • Medium: charcoal and white chalk on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 61 by 44cm., 24 by 17.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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LIFE STUDY: YOUNG MAN
LIFE STUDY: YOUNG MAN
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 109

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: pencil, black and white chalk on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 58 by 43cm., 23 by 17in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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WOMAN WITH LARGE HAT AND DOG IN HER LAP
WOMAN WITH LARGE HAT AND DOG IN HER LAP
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 110

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €400

  • Medium: pencil on buff coloured folded sheet
  • Dimensions: 24 by 15cm., 9.5 by 6in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • Also includes small sketches of other figures and animals on reverse.

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PORTRAIT STUDY: HEAD AND SHOULDERS OF A YOUNG WOMAN; LIFE STUDY ON REVERSE
PORTRAIT STUDY: HEAD AND SHOULDERS OF A YOUNG WOMAN; LIFE STUDY ON REVERSE
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 111

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €600

  • Medium: black and white chalks on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 58 by 44cm., 23 by 17.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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PORTRAIT STUDY: YOUNG WOMAN WITH ELABORATELY COIFFED HAIR, circa 1902-5
PORTRAIT STUDY: YOUNG WOMAN WITH ELABORATELY COIFFED HAIR, circa 1902-5
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 112

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €700

  • Medium: charcoal on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 55 by 46cm., 21.7 5 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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PORTRAIT STUDY: WOMAN IN A HIGH-NECKED BLOUSE
PORTRAIT STUDY: WOMAN IN A HIGH-NECKED BLOUSE
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 113

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €420

  • Medium: charcoal on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 58 by 44cm., 23 by 17.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • With loosely sketched female figure at a window on reverse.

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FOLIO OF APPROXIMATELY EIGHTY WORKS
FOLIO OF APPROXIMATELY EIGHTY WORKS
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 114

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: variously signed and inscribed
  • Medium: pencil, pen and ink, watercolour, charcoal, chalk (unframed)
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • A good range of life drawings, both male and female, from the 1870s and 1880s, including work at the Académie Julian, as well as stained glass sketches from An Túr Gloine. (86 items)

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HEAD OF AN OLD WOMAN WITH A SHAWL OVER HEAD
HEAD OF AN OLD WOMAN WITH A SHAWL OVER HEAD
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 115

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: pencil, red and white chalk on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 43 by 30cm., 17 by 12in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
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HEAD OF AN OLD WOMAN
HEAD OF AN OLD WOMAN
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 116

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €600

  • Signature: inscribed by a later hand lower right: 'Sara Purser born 1848, Died 1943'
  • Medium: pencil, charcoal and white chalk on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 59 by 38cm., 23.2 5 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • Study of seated man on reverse.

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AGED ITALIAN PEASANT WOMAN and BEARDED ITALIAN PEASANT MAN (A PAIR)
AGED ITALIAN PEASANT WOMAN and BEARDED ITALIAN PEASANT MAN (A PAIR)
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 117

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: black and white chalk on paper
  • Dimensions: 48 by 38cm., 19 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Literature: John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, catalogue numbers 18 and 19 respectively, illustrated p. 169
  • With regards to the aged woman Dr. O'Grady notes, "A character study typical of Parisian art schools." The bearded man follows a similar style and he suggests that this study was "...perhaps intended as a pendent."

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YOUNG WOMAN IN PROFILE
YOUNG WOMAN IN PROFILE
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 118

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed with initials and dated upper left
  • Medium: red and black chalk on paper
  • Dimensions: 52 by 39cm., 20.5 by 15.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Literature: John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, catalogue no. 11, illustrated p. 168
  • Profile portrait of a Mallet cousin. Apart from any inherent attractiveness, this charcoal-and-chalk portrait is important in being Purser’s earliest life-size one and in showing how well developed were her abilities as a portraitist before October 1878, when she sought further training in Paris at the Académie Julian. She stayed for six months, sharing a flat with fellow-student Louise Breslau and her friend Maria Feller, whose lives and careers were to be of lifelong interest and mutual concern to Purser, as shown by other works in this collection. Dr. John O’Grady Dublin February 2009

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STUDY FOR PORTRAIT: MRS MOORE, 24 POWERS COURT
STUDY FOR PORTRAIT: MRS MOORE, 24 POWERS COURT
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 119

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €900

  • Signature: inscribed upper right: 'Mrs Moore, 24 Powers Court'
  • Medium: charcoal heightened with white chalk on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 47 by 34cm., 18.5 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • In reference to this sitter and the inscription evident in the top corner of the work, Dr. O'Grady observes that in many cases where Sarah Purser favoured a model she was likely to take note of their details, perhaps to contact the sitter at a later stage when looking for a suitable model. Powers Court was an impoverished area between the graceful Georgian houses of Upper and Lower Mount Street, mostly inhabited by the servants of the big houses. It was a short stroll from the artist’s home in Mespil House. The slums were replaced in the 1960s by Dublin Corporation with new homes for the elderly.

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STUDY FOR PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MAN, POSSIBLY JOHN PHILIP PEACAN, circa November 1883
STUDY FOR PORTRAIT OF A BEARDED MAN, POSSIBLY JOHN PHILIP PEACAN, circa November 1883
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 120

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 49 by 36cm., 19.2 5 by 14.2 5i
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at the Dublin Sketching Club, 1883, catalogue no. 228
  • Literature: John O’Grady The Life and work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, p. 57; also, catalogue no. 109, pp. 188-9 Ann M. Stewart (ed.), Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts: Index of Exhibitors and their Works 1826-1979, 3 vols., Manton Publishing, Dublin, 1985, vol. III, page 68 Ann M. Stewart (ed.), Irish Art Societies and Sketching Clubs: Index of Exhibitors 1870-1980, 2 vols., Manton Publishing, Dublin, 1997, vol. II, page 581
  • John Philip Peacan is recorded in the RHA Index of Exhibitors as a painter and records forty works executed by him between the years of 1879 to 1898 in a variety of locations such as the west of Ireland, Dublin and in Notting Hill, London. The Irish Art Societies and Sketching Clubs Index indicates that he exhibited two works at the ‘Oireachtas Art Exhibition’ in 1907. Dr. John O’Grady suggests that this work may have been shown in the November exhibition of the Dublin Sketching Club, as indicated by contemporary press reviews. A Daily Express journalist, who visited Purser’s studio, commented on “A vigorously sketched portrait head in pastel of Mr Peakin the artist, on brown paper”, whilst a subsequent Freeman’s Journal report on the opening of the Dublin Sketching Club exhibition refers to no. 228, Study – Head, as “an uncommonly fine piece…in pastel. Broad and masterly”.

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STUDY OF GIRLS HEAD (SET OF THREE)
STUDY OF GIRLS HEAD (SET OF THREE)
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 121

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: pencil on buff coloured paper (unframed)
  • Dimensions: 30 by 22cm., 12 by 8.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • Dimensions of the second work: 8 by 7.5in. Dimensions of the third work: 5.75 by 4.5in.

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HEAD OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH POUTING LIPS
HEAD OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH POUTING LIPS
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 122

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €600

  • Signature: inscribed on reverse: 'Drawing by Sarah Purser, Born 22 March 1848 died August 7th 1943.'
  • Medium: black and red chalk on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 31 by 23cm., 12.2 5 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
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YOUNG PEASANT WOMAN AND BOY, circa 1897
YOUNG PEASANT WOMAN AND BOY, circa 1897
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 123

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: black and white chalks in grisaille
  • Dimensions: 36 by 20cm., 14 by 8in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Literature: John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, catalogue no. 335, p. 236
  • Dr. O’Grady describes this work as “two figures, three-quarter length, standing; a young woman, three-quarters to the left, fists on hips, in dark workdress and white apron, with a basket balanced on her head, the dress and hair of nineties fashion; behind her left elbow is a boy of about ten, nearly frontal, in cap and jacket, a book under his left arm, his cheek partly hidden by her arm.” Dr. O’Grady suggests this work may have been a study for another work entitled Cocky Hiding the Hen in the Market Basket. The boy featured is thought to be Owen Maguire, illustrated in Dr O'Grady's text, catalogue no. 199, p. 206-7.

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HÉLÉNE WALKING IN PROCESSION
HÉLÉNE WALKING IN PROCESSION
Marie Louise Catherine Breslau (Swiss, 1856-1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 124

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: pastel on paper
  • Dimensions: 43 by 26cm., 17 by 10.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Louise Breslau painted this pastel genre piece in 1920–21, when Hélène was living with her, and modeled for at least three other pictures now in Swiss and French museums. Purser bought it in 1926. Its purchase not only aided her lifelong friend who was experiencing precarious times, but the picture was loaded with nostalgia for both of them because Hélène was the granddaughter of their 1878–79 flat-mate Maria Feller, a talented but unfortunate musician. The picture is in Breslau’s brisk final manner, an open technique giving full value to the warm grey Ingres paper on which she liked to work, and every element is deftly and economically rendered–the banner and its fringe are suggested with the merest touches. Dr. John O’Grady Dublin February 2009

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LADY IN A BLUE SILK DRESS AND FEATHERED BOA, 1891
LADY IN A BLUE SILK DRESS AND FEATHERED BOA, 1891
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 125

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: €9000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: pastel
  • Dimensions: 74 by 51cm., 29 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • The outstanding picture in this part of the sale is Purser’s pastel portrait of an unknown young woman wearing a gown of palest blue, a white feather boa, and holding a fan of white plumes. Life-size and three-quarter-length, it is signed and dated – S.HPurser 1891 – the H and P joined in a way she sometimes used. The ease and flow of the pose, the mastery of the medium, the harmonious colour range, the grasp of the girl’s pleasant personality, the faint smile with slightly parted lips, the subtly auburn hair, the reduction of detail in the hands to prevent this peripheral area from distracting the eye – all these mark Purser’s ability, and attest the professional expertise which made her the most sought-after portraitist in 1890s Ireland. The fact that this beautiful picture was still in the artist’s possession in 1943 means that it was not one of her many commissions but was instead– like the portrait of Maud Gonne painted in the same year and given to the Municipal Gallery in 1944 by Purser’s executors–an exhibit for use in those publicity campaigns which portraitists must undertake to bring their skill before the buying public. As regards the label on the frame which indicates that the picture was offered previously for sale, this might have happened at any time since 1943, when decades passed in which portraits of unknown persons were slow to sell, even when as brilliant as this one is. Dr. John O’Grady Dublin February 2009

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A WET DAY
A WET DAY
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 126

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 28 by 23cm., 11 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • Exhibited: Dublin Arts Club, 1889, catalogue no. 22, price £3.3s. Od.
  • Literature: John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, catalogue no. 178, p. 203
  • Inscribed on reverse in another hand: 'Sara Purser Born March 22nd 1848 Died Saturday August 7th 1943.' Appears to be a view from the artist's home, Mespil House.

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STUDY OF A WOMAN IN WORK CLOTHES
STUDY OF A WOMAN IN WORK CLOTHES
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 127

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1050

  • Medium: watercolour on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 30 by 22cm., 12 by 8.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • With lightly sketched park scene on reverse, possibly Paris.

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SKETCHBOOK OF WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS AND PORTFOLIO CASE OF ASSORTED SKETCHES
SKETCHBOOK OF WATERCOLOURS AND DRAWINGS AND PORTFOLIO CASE OF ASSORTED SKETCHES
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 128

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: variously signed and dated
  • Medium: pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on French handmade paper
  • Dimensions: 24 by 30cm., 9.5 by 12in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • An assorted range of subjects including one of the Purser family home, 'The Hermitage' at Abbeyside, Dungarvan. One small sketch of thistles is thought to be a study for a stained glass window in Ardrahan, Co. Galway. This was one of Purser's first private commissions as part of An Túr Gloine, or The Tower of Glass, the stained glass studio established by Purser in 1903. By the 1920s Irish stained glass was world renowned and, in the hands of Harry Clarke (1889-1931) and Michael Healy (1873-1941), became a key element of the arts and craft movement and a significant contributor to the Celtic Revival. The sketchbook also contains eight loose folios, two pencil sketches, four watercolours (two initialled E. M. L.), one gouache, one etching, an exhibition sleeve and an invitation from the State Steward of Chamberlains to Dr Louis and Miss Purser to an afternoon party (in plain clothes) at The Castle, Dublin 14 March, 1908, and a handcoloured Cuala Press print entitled In Green Ways by James Stephens, illustrated by Dorothy Blackham. Also included in this lot is a portfolio case of assorted sketches by Purser and others including some works executed abroad. Purser travelled to Egypt in 1901. A single oil is also included: a damaged portrait study of a gentleman in a top hat reading a newspaper, oil on unstretched canvas; according to Dr. O'Grady the sitter is likely to be a member of the Purser family.

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STUDY FOR A THREE-LIGHT STAINED GLASS WINDOW: SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF MARY
STUDY FOR A THREE-LIGHT STAINED GLASS WINDOW: SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF MARY
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 129

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Medium: watercolour, pen and ink over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 42 by 23cm., 16.5 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • An Túr Gloine's informed style was born out of Purser's many journeys abroad to study, inspect and learn from medival windows in France and Germany. According to Dr. O'Grady, the absence of a tabernacle was a distinct feature of An Túr Gloine's stylistic approach; this is evident in this sketch.

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STUDIES FOR STAINED GLASS;INCLUDES FIGURE OF SAINT JOHN AND MEDIVAL SCENES
STUDIES FOR STAINED GLASS;INCLUDES FIGURE OF SAINT JOHN AND MEDIVAL SCENES
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 130

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: the first, inscribed on left hand side
  • Medium: pencil on buff coloured paper, watercolour, pen and ink over pencil
  • Dimensions: 25 by 32cm., 10 by 12.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • It has been suggested by Dr. O'Grady that these sketches may be 'reports' for an exisiting window executed during the course of one of the many commissions by An Túr Gloine (The Tower of Glass) Dimensions for second work: 16 by 4.75in.

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STUDY FOR STAINED GLASS: TWO SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF SAINT BRENDAN
STUDY FOR STAINED GLASS: TWO SCENES FROM THE LIFE OF SAINT BRENDAN
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 131

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €500

  • Medium: watercolour, pen and ink over pencil on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 23 by 9cm., 9 by 3.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Purser; Her estate's sale at Mespil House, Dublin, 1943; Whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law.
  • Sarah Purser executed the Saint Brendan window in Saint Brendan's Cathedral in Loughrea, Co. Galway. It is possible that this sketch was one of Purser's preparatory sketches for the window. Interestingly, it illustrates how, during the design process, space was left vacant within the overall composition for the later inclusion of a donor's name.

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STUDY FOR STAINED GLASS: AGONY IN THE GARDEN, 1905
STUDY FOR STAINED GLASS: AGONY IN THE GARDEN, 1905
Attributed to Beatrice Elvery, Lady Glenavy RHA (1881-1970)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 132

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: inscribed ' Agony in the Garden' on reverse; dated May 19th, 1905 lower right
  • Medium: watercolour, pen and ink over pencil on buff coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 22 by 12cm., 8.5 by 4.75in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Beatrice Elvery was invited to join An Túr Gloine in 1905 when orders for stained glass windows began to increase significantly. Sarah Purser's role within An Túr Gloine during this time evolved from a purely creative role to a more administrative one. Purser began gradually to recruit artist craft workers, whom she had observed at 'the shop', and who she considered to have the potential to strengthen the existing team, thus facilitating the development of her own role within the arts movement as director rather than designer.

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TWO GREETING CARDS SENT TO SARAH PURSER, ONE A SKETCH OF SARAH PURSER, THE OTHER, A SCENE FROM THE MIKADO
TWO GREETING CARDS SENT TO SARAH PURSER, ONE A SKETCH OF SARAH PURSER, THE OTHER, A SCENE FROM THE MIKADO
Walter Frederick Osborne RHA ROI (1859-1903)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 133

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: the first, inscribed and signed with initials centre right; the second, inscribed lower centre, both with framing labels from the Combridge Gallery, Dublin on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour on Japanese paper printed with border of black crows
  • Dimensions: 32 by 23cm., 12.7 5 by 9.25in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Literature: John O'Grady, The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 1996, p. 54, figs. 36 and 37
  • The first inscribed, "With all good wishes from W.O."; the second inscribed "Twas with blighted affection that made him exclaim, With very best wishes." These watercolours were sent as greetings to Sarah Purser. The first depicts Purser painting angels on an enormous canvas; the other shows Koko and Katisha in The Mikado, which was first performed in 1885.

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STUDY OF WOODEN BEAMS AND RED BRICKS
STUDY OF WOODEN BEAMS AND RED BRICKS
Sir Frederick William Burton RHA RWS (1816-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 134

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed upper right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 38 by 53cm., 15 by 21in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Burton was a first cousin of Sarah Henrietta Purser's mother.

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ESPALIERED FRUIT TREES AND IRRIGATION CANAL
ESPALIERED FRUIT TREES AND IRRIGATION CANAL
Sir Frederick William Burton RHA RWS (1816-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 135

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 30 by 36cm., 12 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
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YELLOW FLOWERS
YELLOW FLOWERS
Sir Frederick William Burton RHA RWS (1816-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 136

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: inscribed on the mount
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 15 by 23cm., 6 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
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INTERIOR OF A CAVE WITH A VIEW OF FIR TREES
INTERIOR OF A CAVE WITH A VIEW OF FIR TREES
Sir Frederick William Burton RHA RWS (1816-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 137

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: inscribed on the mount
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
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TREES ON A FAR HILL, POSSIBLY IN THE TYROL
TREES ON A FAR HILL, POSSIBLY IN THE TYROL
Sir Frederick William Burton RHA RWS (1816-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 138

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: inscribed on the mount
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 24 by 33cm., 9.5 by 13in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
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STUDY OF ROCKS AT HOWTH, COUNTY DUBLIN
STUDY OF ROCKS AT HOWTH, COUNTY DUBLIN
Sir Frederick William Burton RHA RWS (1816-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 139

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and inscribed on the mount
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 33 by 44cm., 13 by 17.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
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A ROCKY BANK AND TREES BEYOND, JUNE 1839
A ROCKY BANK AND TREES BEYOND, JUNE 1839
Sir Frederick William Burton RHA RWS (1816-1900)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 140

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: dated June 1839 and signed on the mount
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
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BACCANTE AND HEBE (A PAIR), MARTYRDOM OF SAINT SEBASTIAN, and MICHAELANGELO IN HIS STUDIO
BACCANTE AND HEBE (A PAIR), MARTYRDOM OF SAINT SEBASTIAN, and MICHAELANGELO IN HIS STUDIO
Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785) and others

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 141

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €300

  • Signature: the two Cipriani works with Combridge Gallery framing labels on reverse; Michaelangelo in his Studio, with R&A Ackerman, London, label on reverse; Martyrdom of St. Sebastian, after Guido Reni (1575-1642), inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: steel engravings, three; and oil on board (after, Guido Reni)
  • Dimensions: 28 by 23cm., 11 by 9in. (2)
  • Provenance: Collection of Sarah Henrietta Purser; Her sale, Mespil House 1943, whence purchased by the present owner's sister-in-law
  • Dimension of second work (after Guido Reni): 10.5 by 9cm., 6.75 by 5.5in. Dimensions of third work: 43 by 74cm., 17 by 29in. The first two engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi (1727-1815) and in original Combridge Gallery frames. Bacchante was a female priestess of Bacchus, whilst Hebe, goddess of youth and cup bearer to the celestial gods, was believed to have the power of restoring the aged to youth and beauty.

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A WOMAN IN ARAB COSTUME, 1882
A WOMAN IN ARAB COSTUME, 1882
Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 142

Published Estimate: €20000-30000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 30cm., 16 by 12in.
  • When he arrived in Paris in November 1881, Lavery’s objective was to join the throng of students in two of the most popular teaching ateliers. In this he was not alone – his companions at the Hôtel de Saxe, William Kennedy, Alexander Roche and Thomas Millie Dow, were friends from the Haldane Academy (Glasgow School of Art), which, like the Metropolitan School in Dublin, was obliged to adopt the stale curriculum of the Government Art Training School. At this point, it was generally considered that ‘a year or two at Julian’s, the Beaux Arts, or Colarossi’s’ was ‘worth a cycle of South Kensington [the Government School] with all its correctness.’ They first registered at the Julian’s, located in the upper floors of the Passage des Panoramas, one of the famed shopping arcades near the Bourse. Here the young painter would receive instruction from Adolphe William Bouguereau, the painter of his favourite picture – the Vierge Consolatrix, 1875 (Musée de Strasbourg). However, the master visited the studio only once a week and his comments were perfunctory. Lavery’s drawings were wooden and he had little idea of tonal gradation. Because it was crowded and noisy at Julian’s, some found it difficult to concentrate. The painter recalled that ‘each student [was] trying to bang and yell louder than his neighbours, singing sacred and bawdy songs, giving wonderful imitations of High Mass being chanted to profane music …’ To atone for his presence at these blasphemous rituals, he attended the special mass for students at St Sulpice on Sundays. At 4 o’clock the atelier closed and everyone repaired to one of the nearby drinking establishments. Diligent students, Lavery among them, then walked across the city to Montparnasse, to the atelier Colarossi, where they attended evening classes. Although also crowded, here at least, the atmosphere was more serious. Models posed in costume – in classical, religious or Oriental dress, in turbans and other exotic headdresses - on the assumption that young painters would wish to specialise in one of the lucrative strands of Salon painting. The present work, Woman in an Arab costume, painted on a fine-grained Parisian canvas is likely to have been the product of the Colarossi sessions. It bears comparison with other works of the period. One of his contemporaries and future portrait commission rivals, Percy Jacomb Hood recalled, “I used to meet him [Lavery] at a studio kept by a retired model named Colarossi, where you could pay by the week and there were models, nude and in costume. Many of us used to work there in the afternoon from the costume model, among our number being Lavery, who was in the habit of faking backgrounds to his costume studies and making them into pictures which were bought by some dealer in Glasgow”. Hood wryly concludes, “this was supposed to be a dreadful crime by the purists, who probably would have been glad to do the same, if they could”. Thus the head and half-length costume-pieces of Gretchen, Marguerite and Faust, painted in Glasgow, gave way in 1882 to more ambitious studies such as that of a Spanish Brigand (fig 1). Colarossi was known to favour Latin and North African types. Close examination of these works reveals similar types of block signatures and characteristically angular treatment of date numerals – the flattened ‘8s’. During the year rapid progress is also apparent. Lavery’s handling became more confident and his drawing, more skilful. He was yet to adopt the ‘square brush’ application that characterised his work in the following year, but in the subtle transitions of flesh tone and the careful rendering of folds in the drapery of A Woman in Arab Costume, a talented student is mastering his craft. Dr Kenneth McConkey Northumberland February 2009

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A PROSPECT OF THE CITY OF DUBLIN, FROM THE MAGAZINE HILL IN HIS MAJESTY'S PHOENIX PARK
A PROSPECT OF THE CITY OF DUBLIN, FROM THE MAGAZINE HILL IN HIS MAJESTY'S PHOENIX PARK
Joseph Tudor (d.1759)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 143

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: inscribed in the plate in upper and lower margins
  • Medium: handcoloured copperplate engraving (unframed)
  • Dimensions: 25 by 41cm., 10 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Arthur Ackermann & Son, Chicago; Gift from Douglas Hamilton to the poet James Stephens in memory of his visit to Chicago, 1925; Private collection
  • Literature: Elmes and Hewson, Catalogue of Irish Topographical Prints and Original Drawings, Malton Press, Dublin, 1975, no. 377, p. 19
  • Engraved by T. Mason, 1753. This rare impression, published by Laurie & Whittle, 55 Fleet Street, London, is not listed in Elmes & Hewson. Interestingly, it is larger than any other known impressions of this view. Image size 8.75 by 15in.; the plate mark: 10 by 16in. Original Ackermann label included with the lot.

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FOUR YOUTHS FISHING
FOUR YOUTHS FISHING
Paul Sandby RA (1731-1809)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 144

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €900

  • Signature: with original Colnaghi label on reverse
  • Medium: pen and grey wash on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 10 by 21cm., 4 by 8.25in.
  • Provenance: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co. Ltd., London; Private Collection
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THATCHED COTTAGE, COUNTY CORK and VIEW NEAR MALLOW, COUNTY CORK (A PAIR)
THATCHED COTTAGE, COUNTY CORK and VIEW NEAR MALLOW, COUNTY CORK (A PAIR)
Cecilia Margaret Nairn (nee Campbell) (1791-1857)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 145

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: both inscribed on reverse with original exhibition labels
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 18 by 28cm., 7 by 11in.
  • Provenance: Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Daughter of John Henry Campell (1757-1828) and wife of George Nairn ARHA (1799-1850), Cecilia Margaret Nairn studied art in her father's studio and began exhibiting at the age of eighteen. She specialised in picturesque Irish landscapes, showing them at at the various Dublin exhibitions including the RHA. Strickland described her as “a clever painter in oil and watercolour” (Vol. II, page 162).

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THE IRISH QUARTER, CARRICKFERGUS
THE IRISH QUARTER, CARRICKFERGUS
Andrew Nicholl RHA (1804-1886)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 146

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: original William Mol, Belfast label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 42cm., 10 by 16.5in.
  • An almost identical version of this work is illustrated in Martin Anglesea, Andrew Nicholl's paintings of the Antrim Coast in 1828, Glens of Antrim Historical Society 1982, plate 1. Carraickfergus has been in existence since medieval times, and was the major port for the north east of Ireland for centuries before Belfast. Development was initially centred on the castle and the area within the town walls, where only the English were allowed to live. As settlers from the rest of the north of Ireland and Scotland came to live in the area, they were forced to live in the west and east of the town, and these areas became known as the Irish Quarter and the Scotch Quarter respectively. In the 20th century Louis MacNiece was to write: “The little boats beneath the Norman castle, The pier shining with lumps of crystal salt; The Scotch Quarter was a line of residential houses But the Irish Quarter was a slum for the blind and the halt”

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LAMBAY, IRELAND'S EYE AND HOWTH HILL FROM NEAR DUNDRUM, 1820
LAMBAY, IRELAND'S EYE AND HOWTH HILL FROM NEAR DUNDRUM, 1820
S. Patrickson early 19th century

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 147

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; titled in the mount lower centre; original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with pen and ink over paper
  • Dimensions: 17 by 30cm., 6.5 by 11.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: '19th Century views in Dublin and Wicklow: an exhibition of topographical watercolours, mainly 19th Century scenes near Dublin', Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin, 31 May to 17 June 1982, catalogue no. 16
  • Original exhibition catalogue included with this lot. The catalogue writes of S. Parkinson;” It has been suggested that this artist was employed in the Ordnance Survey Department”.

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SCENE IN THE GLEN OF THE DOWNS, 1848
SCENE IN THE GLEN OF THE DOWNS, 1848
William Guy Wall (1792-1864)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 148

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €2500

  • Signature: original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 52 by 81cm., 20.5 by 32in.
  • Exhibited: National Art Union for Ireland, 1848
  • Born in Dublin, Wall trained as an artist but moved to America early on in his career, in 1818. There he achieved recognition for his series of watercolour landscapes which were published in aquatint form as the Hudson River Portfolio (c.1820), and which were later used as transfer printed designs for Stevenson's Cobridge pottery works in Staffordshire, England. In 1826 Wall helped found the hugely influential National Academy of Design in New York, from where he exhibited, whilst also showing at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. He returned to Ireland around 1832 and began exhibiting at the RHA in 1840. In 1843 Wall was one of the nine founding members of the Society of Irish Artists (along with Edward Hayes, Michael Angelo Hayes, and the entire Brocas family). However, a perceived neglect of his work led Wall to return to America in 1856 for a period of four years. He finally returned to Dublin in 1860 where he died in relative obscurity. His work hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and in the collection of the New York Historical Society.

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SKETCHES IN THE HIGHLANDS
SKETCHES IN THE HIGHLANDS
 Scottish school (circa 1850s)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 149

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: inscribed and dated on front free endpaper: "Ship Hall. February 11th 1854"
  • Medium: seven watercolours mounted in a presentation album
  • Dimensions: 25 by 19cm., 10 by 7.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Andrew Nicholl RHA; By descent to the previous owner; Private collection, Dublin
  • Each watercolour is painted in the form of a vignette, depicting a lake or mountain scene. Full dentelle binding; tan calf with gilt-ruled decorations on front, back and spine, and with raised bands and a leather title label at spine. All edges gilt, marbled endpapers, and a title-page hand-lettered in blue Gothic script. A beautiful and unique volume.

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EDWARD BURTON, ENGRAVER
EDWARD BURTON, ENGRAVER
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 150

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1200

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; titled on reverse; gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour heightened with white
  • Dimensions: 27 by 22cm., 10.7 5 by 8.75in.
  • Provenance: Aitken Dott and Son, Edinburgh; Private collection
  • Titled on reverse: 'Edward Burton, Engraver. b. 1819 d. 1899.'

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OTTER HOUNDS
OTTER HOUNDS
John Sargent Noble RBA (British, 1848-1896)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 2 March 2009 / 151

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower left; original labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 39 by 60cm., 15.5 by 23.5in.
  • Provenance: William Rodman Gallery, Belfast; Private collection
  • Noble studied at the Royal Academy Schools and later under Sir Edwin Henry Landseer, RA. Early in his career Noble directed his subject matter away from the well-established equestrian themed art, preferring to focus primarily on depicting dogs as his subject matter. This artistic venture he shared with two of his contemporaries, George Earl and Lucy Waller. While Noble’s skill cannot be questioned, the migration patterns of people of that time, from rural to urban dwellings, contributed considerably to his sucess. It was thought that Noble’s sympathetic depiction of nature aided the assimilation process and quenched their thirst for the tranquil outdoor environment of their previous lives. Noble exhibited at the Royal Academy and was elected a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1872. In 1873 Noble began his collaboration with Walter Foster in the same genre. Together they presented the work Otter Hunting on the River Lowther at The Westmoreland Gallery in Suffolk Street, London The work was highly acclaimed leading to further commissions from the partnership and renewed recognition from the Royal Society of British Artists in 1876.

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