31 May 2010

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TIPPERARY BULL, 1979
TIPPERARY BULL, 1979
John Behan RHA (b.1938)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 101

Published Estimate: €4500-5500

Price Realised: €4400


THE THOROUGHBRED
THE THOROUGHBRED
James McCarthy 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 102

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €2300

  • Signature: signed, numbered and with foundry stamp at the base
  • Medium: bronze (no. 3 from an edition of 9)
  • Dimensions: 33 by 39cm., 13 by 15.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Lavit Gallery, Cork; Private collection
  • Dimension: 4.5in (depth) James McCarthy was born in Cork and studied sculpture at NCAD and the Kilkenny Design Workshop. He has had many solo exhibitions and his work can be found in several public collections including the Art Council of Ireland.

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PILGRIM SHIP, 2008
PILGRIM SHIP, 2008
John Behan RHA (b.1938)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 103

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7800

  • Medium: bronze (unique)
  • Dimensions: 69 by 69 by 7.5cm, 27 by 27 by 3 in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Lavit Gallery, Cork; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'An Exhibition of New Work by John Behan RHA and Michael Gemmell', The Lavit Gallery, Cork, 13-27 September 2008, illustrated on p.5 of exhibition catalogue
  • A copy of the Lavit Gallery exhibition catalogue is included with this lot.

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BOGLAND
BOGLAND
Seán McSweeney HRHA (b.1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 104

Published Estimate: €1000-1800

Price Realised: €1200

  • Signature: signed lower right; signed again and with title on reverse; with Dawson Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 20 by 25cm., 8 by 10in.
  • In original frame of The Dawson Gallery, Dublin.

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ISLAND SERIES, 1998
ISLAND SERIES, 1998
Michael Mulcahy (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 105

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €500

  • Signature: signed lower right; with typed Taylor Galleries label on reverse
  • Medium: gouache with oil pastel on paper
  • Dimensions: 49 by 69cm., 19.2 5 by 27.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Private collection
  • This work is likely to have been exhibited at a group exhibition in the Taylor Galleries in 1998. Mulcahy also exhibited at ‘Banquet Exhibition’ at the RHA, Dublin and in a two person exhibition with Adriana Blendea at Gallery Van Vollenhoven, Outgaarden in Belguim that year.

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BOGLAND POOL
BOGLAND POOL
Seán McSweeney HRHA (b.1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 106

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2500

  • Signature: signed on stretcher on reverse; title inscribed on frame on reverse; also with gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:John Martin Gallery, London; Private collection
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FARM BUILDING, 1994
FARM BUILDING, 1994
Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 107

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with typed Taylor Galleries exhibition label on reverse; also with Sligo Art Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on linen
  • Dimensions: 38 by 47cm., 15 by 18.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Private collection
  • Charles Brady was elected an Honorary Member of the RHA in 1994. This work may have been included in 'Charles Brady' at the Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 13-29 July, the following year.

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LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE
Anita Shelbourne RHA (b.1938)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 108

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1600

  • Signature: signed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 66 by 102cm., 26 by 40in.
  • This work bears similarity to the artist's style as expressed in her 1982 exhibition, 'Figurative Image' in the Bank of Ireland Exhibitions Hall in September of that year.

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NATURE MORTE, 1956
NATURE MORTE, 1956
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 109

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; signed again, dated and with title on reverse; also with number [No. 2199] inscribed on reverse; with inscribed label of the Irish Museum of Modern Art also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 130 by 130cm., 51.2 5 by 51.2 5in.
  • In 2005 the Irish Museum of Modern Art held an exhibition entitled ’The White Stag Group’ comprising some eighty works by members of the White Stag including Basil Rákóczi, Kenneth Hall and Thurloe Conolly whose passion, energy and style set them apart from their contemporaries at the outbreak of World War II. The group was spearheaded by Rákóczi and Hall, neither of whom were born in Ireland but who both relocated in 1939; initially drawn to Ireland for its neutral stance in the War. The group first exhibited in Dublin in April 1940, with a second exhibition six months later, this time opened by native artist and advocate Mainie Jellett. These successes led to numerous other exhibitions both in Ireland and further afield and spawned new relationships and developments across a variety of disciplines in the Irish arts scene including literature, music and philosophy.

    This work was painted in the artist’s studio in Montrouge in southern Paris in March 1995 during a particularly prolific period in Rákóczi’s career. We are grateful to the artist’s grandson, Chris Rákóczi, for this information.

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LA CAMBUSE, 1955
LA CAMBUSE, 1955
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 110

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; signed again, dated and inscribed with title and number [No. 2113] on reverse; with stamp on canvas and stretcher of Gustave Sennelier, Paris, also with inscribed label of the Irish Museum of Modern Art on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 128 by 95cm., 50.5 by 37.5in.
  • The stamp of the Sennelier Store on reverse (established in 1887) is significant. In 1936 the Sennelier brothers opened a new store in the heart of Montparnasse on Rue de la Grande Chaumière. In 1948, in collaboration with painters Goetz and Picasso, Sennelier developed the new medium of oil pastel and their variety, brightness and range of products became renowned in the artistic community of the day. While this work is titled The Lantern on the IMMA label, La Cambuse, the title inscribed in French by the artist on reverse, translates as the galley on a boat. Several restaurants in France, notably in Paris, Nice and Strasbourg are named “La Cambuse”.

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DAY INTO NIGHT
DAY INTO NIGHT
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 111

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €9500

  • Signature: signed lower right; with Oriel Gallery and Archeus Fine Art labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 44 by 60cm., 17.5 by 23.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Oriel Gallery, Dublin; Private collection; Archeus Fine Art, London; Private collection
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FISHING VILLAGE, BUNBEG, COUNTY DONEGAL
FISHING VILLAGE, BUNBEG, COUNTY DONEGAL
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 112

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: €8000


HORSEMANS ROW, DUBLIN, 1967
HORSEMANS ROW, DUBLIN, 1967
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 113

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €10500

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title inscribed on reverse; also with typed Ritchie Hendriks Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 61 by 51cm., 24 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by Mrs. Simonp; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'George Campbell', Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, August - 19 September 1967, catalogue no. 5 [price 95gns]
  • Horsemans Row, Dublin was one of thirty-five works exhibited at the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, in 1967.

    Horsemans Row along with Coles Lane and Riddles Row formed part of a network of markets on the site of the present ILAC centre up until the 1970s. The only remaining example of this tradition in the area is the Moore Street market. The artist's achievements during this period in his career included, an award for painting in the exhibition of Modern Church Art held by the Arts Council of Ireland in 1962, first prize in the Open Painting Exhibition sponsored by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, also in 1962 and in 1966 he won the Douglas Hyde Gold Medal Award for best historical painting.

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CREATION - ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR ROSE WINDOW, LOUGHREA CATHEDRAL, COUNTY GALWAY
CREATION - ORIGINAL DESIGN FOR ROSE WINDOW, LOUGHREA CATHEDRAL, COUNTY GALWAY
Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 114

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed lower right; with inscribed Dawson Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: gouache over pencil (tondo)
  • Dimensions: 22 by 22cm., 8.5 by 8.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Diameter: 8.5in. Inscription on label reads: "Original design for the Rose windows "Creation" by Evie Hone in Loughrea Cathedral Co. Galway. "Lion" symbol of earth, "Eagle" symbol of air, "Pelican" symbol of water, "Serpent" symbol of fire. Centre portion represents The Trinity, Hand of God, Holy Ghost, Monograph of Christ. Top panel - Adam and Eve, bottom panel - Tree of Life.

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CHRIST THE KING
CHRIST THE KING
Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 115

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 


STUDY FOR ABSTRACT CRUCIFIXION, 1928
STUDY FOR ABSTRACT CRUCIFIXION, 1928
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 116

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: pencil on paper; squared for transfer
  • Dimensions: 48 by 41cm., 19 by 16in.
  • Literature: Literature:Arnold, Bruce, Mainie Jellett and the Modernist Movement in Ireland, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 1991, p.118 (illustrated)
  • This pencil drawing is a study for a larger oil on canvas (107 by 84cm) of the same name held in a private collection in Ireland.

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RUG DESIGN
RUG DESIGN
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 117

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: €1150

  • Signature: with typed label affixed on reverse
  • Medium: gouache
  • Dimensions: 16 by 16cm., 6.25 by 6.25in.
  • Literature: Literature:Arnold, Bruce, Abstract Cubist Rugs Designed by Mainie Jellett, Ceadogan Rugs, 2008, p.18 (illustrated) also illustrated on front cover
  • Label on reverse reads: "The quandary for all Painters at the close of the Cubist Epoch, in 1914, was how to make the transfer from the semi-abstraction of Cubism to the pure abstraction that lay ahead, and dominated art in the 20th century. Mainie Jellett found that solution in her mobile and ever changing form of Cubist Abstract painting and it was a discovery that made her pivotal in a crucial way. It makes her one of Ireland's greatest painters and it links her to the European Art Deco Movement of the 1920s. This movement concerned the application of art to domestic life and taste and led her to many designs for carpets and rugs. These have survived and they respond to the need for life and movement in the domestic environment. Good design is based on this belief extended to other designs of linoleum and furnishings, wall-coverings and wallpaper, back to the paintings themselves. All she did holds together on these principals in her view of art. Art's life were one and the same to her. She said: ‘The surface is my starting paint; my aim is to make it live.’ This she did".

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SPRING and SUMMER, c.1920 (A PAIR)
SPRING and SUMMER, c.1920 (A PAIR)
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 118

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: watercolour with gouache and charcoal over pencil
  • Dimensions: 146 by 52cm., 57.5 by 20.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Family of the artist; Private collection
  • Dimensions of second work: 57 by 20.5in.

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THE ARTIST, 1967-68
THE ARTIST, 1967-68
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 119

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €3100

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with title lower left; Inscribed lower left, “Hommage à Alfred Wallis…”.
  • Medium: pen and ink with gouache on paper
  • Dimensions: 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in.
  • Alfred Wallis (1855-1942) was a Cornish fisherman and naive artist based in St. Ives. Wallis's style anticipated the artist's colony which was later formed by Ben Nicholson and Christopher 'Kit' Wood. Examples from Wallis's oeuvre can be found in the Tate St. Ives. John Christopher 'Kit' Wood (1901-1930) studied architecture at Liverpool University where he met artist Augustus John. He later relocated to Paris where he met Picasso among other artists. His subject matter centred on coastal scenes of St. Ives and Brittany. Helmut Kolle (1899-1931) was a German artist and life-partner to Wilhelm Uhde (1874-1947) the art collector, dealer and author. Uhde was also an advocate for naive art and was a pivotal figure in organising the first Näive Art exhibition in Paris in 1928. Kenneth Hall and Rákóczi were founding members of the White Stag Group which promoted what they term 'Subjectivist Art', encouraging the exploration of psychology in painting. This work was executed in June of 1968. With thanks to Chris Rákóczi for this information and for providing the title for the work.

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DESIGN FOR POSTER AND INVITATION CARD FOR NORAH MCGUINNESS RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, OCTOBER, 1968
DESIGN FOR POSTER AND INVITATION CARD FOR NORAH MCGUINNESS RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION, OCTOBER, 1968
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 120

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1350

  • Signature: signed lower right; with Dawson Gallery framing label and inscription to Mr and Mrs Jack Lynch preserved on reverse; also with typed label detailing work and its provenance on reverse
  • Medium: pen and watercolour on card
  • Dimensions: 23 by 23cm., 9 by 9.25in.
  • This watercolour was presented to the Taoiseach Jack Lynch by the exhibition committee in Trinity College, Dublin for the Norah McGuinness Retrospective Exhibition in 1968. Inscription reads, "To Mr and Mrs Lynch, with the compliments of the Exhibitions' Committee, Trinity College. The original drawing by Miss Norah McGuinness for the invitation cards and posters for her retrospective exhibition, October 1968, opened by Mr Lynch".

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TINKER CHILDREN AT A FAIR, 1946
TINKER CHILDREN AT A FAIR, 1946
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 121

Published Estimate: €30000-40000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; with Dawson Gallery framing label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with ink
  • Dimensions: 28 by 23cm., 11 by 9.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Acquired by private treaty through James Adam Saleroom, Dublin, 1978, by the present owner
  • The Tinker Period in le Brocquy’s oeuvre represents the largest distinct body of work within the artist’s career to date spanning the years c.1945-1948. Tinker Children at a Fair is a striking early example of the artist’s interpretation of the travelling community and captures aptly his enthusiasm and passion for their independent and inimitable way of life.

    It was the summer previous to the execution of this work when le Brocquy first encountered the tinkers near Tullamore, County Offaly and like John Millington Synge and artists on the Continent such as Picasso, le Brocquy’s interest in this particular society was born out of a wider re-discovery and renewed interest in “primitive” cultures. However, for le Brocquy the tinkers came to symbolise more; the individual’s struggle against ordered and settled culture and he drew parallels between their struggle and that of the artist.

    Tinker Children at a Fair typifies the artist’s style from the period in colour and composition. The children, who dominate the work, all actively engage the viewer each with an inquisitive and lively gaze. The background comprises other figures; a horse and rider, and a stationary male figure and cow, but these presences are cropped by the artist’s cut-off composition, rendering their presence in the work secondary to that of the children. The children carry sticks in their hands perhaps a reference to the ritual of sign making in tinker culture; reinforcing their sense of “otherness”. Le Brocquy, in an interview with Yvonne Scott, 28 April, 2006, commented, “…People were always suspicious of them and they had to contend with that and they had various ways of contending with it. Amongst others they made signs for each other when they left the sites. They left ‘twig’ signs behind them and some of these were of a prosaic kind, such as: there are some good chickens up there in the bohereen – that kind of thing. But other signs were made to cast spells, so that local farmers hesitated to disturb them.”

    Testament to the artist’s continued advocacy for this isolated community is the recent use of images from his Tinker Period for the Pavee Point Travellers Centre, Dublin 2007 calendar which was published in association with Ireland Embracing Cultural Diversity.

    Paintings from this period can be found in the collection of the Tate, London and the National Gallery of Ireland among others.

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SELF PORTRAIT STUDIES
SELF PORTRAIT STUDIES
Stella Steyn (1907-1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 122

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 66 by 41cm., 26 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Merz Gallery, Edinburgh; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'Stella Steyn, The Female Self, Portraits & Nude Self Portraits', Merz Gallery, Edinburgh, 25 November - 10 December 2005
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SEATED FIGURE, 2 SEPTEMBER 1991
SEATED FIGURE, 2 SEPTEMBER 1991
Nevill Johnson (1911-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 123

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscription in the artist's hand on reverse detailing title, medium and execution date
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 39 by 36cm., 15.5 by 14in.
  • We are grateful to Dickon Hall, author of Nevill Johnson 1911-1999: Paint the Smell of Grass, 2008 for his assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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SHELL MEX HOUSE AND PUBLIC PARK, 26 NOVEMBER 1936
SHELL MEX HOUSE AND PUBLIC PARK, 26 NOVEMBER 1936
Kenneth Hall (1913-1946)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 124

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €2700

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on stretcher on reverse; also with James Bourlet & Sons Ltd. Picture Framers, London, label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 64 by 76cm., 25 by 30in.
  • The Art Deco style Shell Mex House was designed by Messer’s Joseph with F. Milton Cashmore. Situated at number 8, Strand, London it was built in 1930-1931 on the site of the Cecil Hotel as the London headquarters of Shell-Max and BP Ltd. It is likely that this work formed part of the Lucy Wertheim (1883-1971) collection and was exhibited at her gallery of the same name in Albany, London. Wertheim was an avid supporter of emerging artists in London, many of those who formed part of the 'Twenties Group', such as Hall, Rákóczi, Kitwood, and Norah McGuinness, all of whom benefited enormously from her patronage and support. Kenneth Hall would later be a key member of the ‘White Stag’ group in Dublin 1939–1945.

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MORNING MOUNTAIN, CONNEMARA, 1944
MORNING MOUNTAIN, CONNEMARA, 1944
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 125

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4800


COTTAGE NEAR LEENANE, 1943
COTTAGE NEAR LEENANE, 1943
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 126

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2700

  • Signature: with typed label affixed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:From the Lucy Wertheim Collection; Private collection
  • Label on reverse reads: "Basil Rákóczi and Kenneth Hall came to Ireland in 1939 and travelled to the west where they stayed and painted in Leenane & Tally Cross. They later moved to Dublin and became part of the bohemian lodging in Baggot Street and drawing together a like-minded set of artists who greatly stimulated artistic life in the city."

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FARMYARD WITH HAYRICK, 1949
FARMYARD WITH HAYRICK, 1949
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 127

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Whyte's, 29 November 2005, lot 19; Private collection
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LAMBAY ISLAND
LAMBAY ISLAND
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 128

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1600

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; with inscribed Dawson Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 13 by 18cm., 5.25 by 7.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • In what appears to be its original frame.

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SNOW AT RATHGAR
SNOW AT RATHGAR
Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1953)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 129

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on masonite board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Label on reverse inscribed, "Snow at Rathgar, (Mrs) Grace Henry HRHA c/o The Dawson Gallery, 4 Dawson Street, Dublin".

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THE TURN OF THE ROAD, c.1940-41
THE TURN OF THE ROAD, c.1940-41
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 130

Published Estimate: €60000-80000

Price Realised: €80000

  • Signature: signed 'PAUL HENRY' lower right; inscribed with title in the artist's hand and signed again on stretcher on reverse; with original typed label and partial Combridge Gallery label also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 36 by 41cm., 14 by 16in.
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'Recent Paintings by Paul Henry', Combridge's Gallery, Dublin, from 24 October 1941, catalogue no. 6
  • Literature: Literature:S. B. Kennedy, Paul Henry, with a catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 2007, catalogue number 1013, p. 301, where catalogued as 'untraced or unidentified'.
  • This delightful composition was almost certainly painted in the spring of 1941 when Paul Henry visited Killarney in company with his then partner, and later second wife, Mabel Young. The mountains, therefore, must be the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, although the precise setting is impossible to identify.

    After the domestic and financial difficulties that beset him in the late 1920s and early 1930s and which are reflected in a sombre palette, Henry’s range of colours brightened in later years as he revelled in more settled circumstances. He and Mabel Young had first visited County Kerry in the mid-1930s when Paul was enchanted with the scenery. ‘It is lovely,’ he wrote to his friend James Healy in America. ‘Wherever one turns there is material for dozens of pictures.’ In subsequent years Henry and Mabel Young returned to Kerry and in 1941 they toured the Ring of Kerry, staying for a time at the Waterville Hotel, (which had also been a favourite haunt of the film star Charlie Chaplin). The fruits of his 1941 trip were shown in his exhibition at the Combridge Gallery that autumn, when they were received with acclaim, the Irish Times (25 October 1941), for example, commenting that the claim of the pictures was ‘instant and demands concentration … [they are, it said] pregnant with vitality.’

    After the show closed Paul was interviewed by an Irish Times reporter who asked him about his feelings towards landscape. ‘What always strikes me about the Irish landscape,’ he replied, in words which echo Elizabeth Bowen, ‘is its other worldliness. There’s an air of mystery about it—quite unlike Scotland or England or France. You feel about it that anything may happen around the corner,’ and he ascribed these qualities to ‘the country’s broken weather, which is something you don’t get elsewhere’ (Irish Times, 1 November 1941). Many of these qualities can be seen in The Turn of the Road composition, which is a bravura piece. The very quality of life, dependent on little more than subsistence farming, is clearly conveyed by the habitation of huddled cottages; the weather regulated by the mountains which break the westerly winds and—the glory of the picture—the sky which is the real subject matter of the scene.

    Pictures such as these have a profound effect on our view of the landscape of the West of Ireland. Because such images are so familiar to us, notably through their widespread reproduction it is easy to ignore the achievement that they represent. Previously depictions of the West were in the main romantic and stereotypical, much geared to the growing tourist trade. But with Henry we have a new realism which in visual terms can be linked with the work of John Synge and, too, with the novelist George Moore and hence with the tradition of Zola, the Goncourts and Balzac in France. It is a realism which defined a view of the landscape, which has lasted and which emphasises the scene in human terms.

    Dr. S.B. Kennedy

    April, 2010

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FIELDS, RUSH AND LUSK, COUNTY DUBLIN, 6PM, 1938
FIELDS, RUSH AND LUSK, COUNTY DUBLIN, 6PM, 1938
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 131

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed, titled and dated lower left; with title inscribed in pencil on reverse; also with artist's name and address [13 Stamer Street, Dublin, Éire, PH. 51675] and price of £9-10-0
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 20 by 31cm., 8 by 12.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Purchased directly from the artist by the father of the present owner
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DETAIL FROM THE WEDDING
DETAIL FROM THE WEDDING
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 132

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title and artist's name preserved on card on reverse
  • Medium: pastel on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 14 by 28cm., 5.5 by 11in.
  • The Wedding was exhibited as catalogue no. 33 at 'William Conor 1881-1968' at The McClelland Galleries, Belfast, 1969.

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PHOENIX PARK, DUBLIN, 1932
PHOENIX PARK, DUBLIN, 1932
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 133

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: watercolour with gouache
  • Dimensions: 25 by 34cm., 9.75 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the previous owner; Gifted to the current owner c.1982
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PORTRAIT OF DR. JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER WALSH OF CLONMEL (ONLY BROTHER TO MAY KEATING, THE ARTIST'S WIFE), c.1930-32
PORTRAIT OF DR. JOSEPH CHRISTOPHER WALSH OF CLONMEL (ONLY BROTHER TO MAY KEATING, THE ARTIST'S WIFE), c.1930-32
Seán Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 134

Published Estimate: €4000-5000

Price Realised: €4600

  • Signature: signed lower right; with partial artist's label on reverse; also with carrier label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 97 by 83cm., 38 by 32.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:From the collection of the sitter's family
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:Munster Arts Club, Cork, 1932
  • The sitter for this work, Joseph Walsh, known as Joe, had a familial bond with Seán Keating because his only sister, May, married the artist in 1919. Born in Eadestown in County Kildare, the two Walsh siblings were profoundly politicised. Joe became involved with one of the flying columns during the War of Independence, while May was vehemently anti-Treaty and on close terms with Hannah Sheehy Skeffington. Having undertaken medical training, Joe became doctor to Waterford in his early career (c.1912/1930) followed by a similar position to Clonmel (c.1930/1960s). He was the coroner for Waterford in the 1950s and 60s. He married the writer and playwright Una Troy in 1931 and they had one daughter. From 1936, the date of publication of her first novel, until the 1950s, Troy wrote under the pseudonym Elizabeth Connor. She was the author of four plays, several short stories and over fifteen novels, one of which, We are Seven, published in 1955, was adapted to a film titled She Didn’t Say No for which she co-wrote the script.

    Keating’s portrait of his brother-in-law is extraordinarily powerful, yet ultimately peaceful. Joe is seated against a slightly stormy sky, reminiscent of that used in The Tipperary Hurler (1927). Seated in a restful pose, he gazes out to the right of the painting, in a manner that does not connect with the viewer, but that signals a restless and vigorous intellect. Without knowledge of his life, one would not guess that the sitter had been a member of a flying column some ten years previously.

    Keating sent the work for exhibition with the Munster Arts Club in Cork in 1932. It would appear that the painting has not been exhibited in public since that date. It is a significant work because it illustrates both Keating’s ability as a portrait painter, and the extent of his interesting familial associations through marriage.

    Dr Éimear O’Connor

    TRIARC-Irish art research centre

    Trinity College Dublin.

    May, 2010

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A GROUP KNITTING, c.1882
A GROUP KNITTING, c.1882
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 135

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €6600

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 51cm., 16 by 20in.
  • This previously unrecorded painting of an institutional interior with a knitting and social group of varied social rank is characteristic of Sarah Purser’s early work in handling, tone and colour, (though one head is retouched.) Masterly effects in the glinting spectacles, hands, steel needles and windowsill plant typify Purser. The subject echoes her 1879 RHA oil exhibit, Turning The Heel, and 1883 drawings of her mother sewing and a lady knitting, while the woman with a red shawl posed again for Across The Rocks, an oil shown at the 1882 RHA, all illustrated in The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, 1996.

    (Perhaps Purser herself retouched a damaged area.)

    Dr. John O’Grady, author of The Life and Work of Sarah Purser, 1996.

    April, 2010

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COASTAL LANDSCAPE
COASTAL LANDSCAPE
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 136

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €6800


COUNTY ANTRIM HILLS WITH CATTLE GRAZING
COUNTY ANTRIM HILLS WITH CATTLE GRAZING
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 137

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2400

  • Signature: signed lower left; with typed gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 24 by 34cm., 9.5 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Jorgensen Fine Art, Dublin; Private collection
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FALCARRAGH LANDSCAPE, COUNTY DONEGAL
FALCARRAGH LANDSCAPE, COUNTY DONEGAL
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 138

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €6200


MILKING TIME, 1928
MILKING TIME, 1928
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 139

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €11500

  • Signature: signed lower left; with original label inscribed with title and price (£10-10-0) and original exhibition labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 24 by 34cm., 9.5 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Whyte's, 20 September 2005, lot 62; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:The Fine Art Society, New Bond Street, London, 1928, catalogue no. 14
  • First exhibition label notes the artist's address in Belfast. Fine Art Society label dates this work to 1928. Other labels affixed include a concise typed biography for the artist, a Bourlet & Sons Ltd fine art packers and framers label and a F.N. Hepworth, Stanwix House, Carlisle label.

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THE ANTRIM COAST
THE ANTRIM COAST
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 140

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €7000


PASTORAL LANDSCAPE WITH SHEPHERD AND FLOCK
PASTORAL LANDSCAPE WITH SHEPHERD AND FLOCK
Claude Hayes RI ROI (1852-1922)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 141

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1450

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Dimensions: 64 by 99cm., 25 by 39in.
  • Claude Hayes was the son of Edwin Hayes RHA RI ROI (1891-1904) who, despite his father’s disinterest in his artistic abilities, carved a path for himself in the arts scene in England exhibiting at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 1874 and from 1884 with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. He was elected ROI in 1883 and RI in 1886. For a work by the artist’s father see lot 146. For further biographical details see Snoddy p. 231-232.

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COASTAL LANDSCAPE
COASTAL LANDSCAPE
Wycliffe Egginton RI RWS (1875-1951)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 142

Published Estimate: €500-600

Price Realised: €700


THE TWELVE PINS FROM KILLARY HARBOUR, CONNEMARA, 1984
THE TWELVE PINS FROM KILLARY HARBOUR, CONNEMARA, 1984
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 143

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscribed with title on stretcher on reverse; with The Gallery, Dunfanaghy, framing label also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 76cm., 20 by 30in.
  • The Gallery at Dunfanaghy in County Donegal, a former 1840s fever hospital, was the brainchild of the artist. It opened in 1968 and continues in operation today, now run by Egginton's daughter and son-in-law Alan and Moira Harley.

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BOG RIVER WITH VIEW OF THE TWELVE PINS, COUNTY GALWAY
BOG RIVER WITH VIEW OF THE TWELVE PINS, COUNTY GALWAY
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 144

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2700


BOGLAND NEAR TWELVE BENS, CONNEMARA, 1900
BOGLAND NEAR TWELVE BENS, CONNEMARA, 1900
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 145

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4600

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 33 by 48cm., 13 by 19in.
  • This works bears a striking similarity in both size and composition to the work entitled, Wherever I go my Heart turns back to the County Mayo, 1902, which was in its original pokerwork frame with Celtic interlaced knot design and had a provenance to Lord Iveagh. That work made a record price when it sold at Whyte's, 20 September, 2005, lot 66, for €44,000.

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FOREST GLADE WITH WATERFALL
FOREST GLADE WITH WATERFALL
Edwin Hayes RHA RI ROI (1819-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 146

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1400

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour with gouache
  • Dimensions: 61 by 74cm., 24 by 29in.
  • For a work by the artist's son, Claude Hayes RI ROI (1852-1922), see lot 141.

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NEAR GLENGARRIFF, COUNTY CORK
NEAR GLENGARRIFF, COUNTY CORK
George Shalders NWS (1826-1873)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 147

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: with Doic, Wilson and Wheatley [90 George Street], Fine Art label on reverse; with gilt plaque detailing title and artist affixed to frame
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 43 by 64cm., 17 by 25.2 5in.
  • Shalders lived in Portsmouth and London but his depictions of animals and landscapes extended across Britain, Ireland and the Continent. He exhibited at the Royal Academy, the British Institute and the Society of British Artists among others. His works can be found in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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ROSS CASTLE, LOUGH LEANE, KILLARNEY, COUNTY KERRY
ROSS CASTLE, LOUGH LEANE, KILLARNEY, COUNTY KERRY
John Henry Campbell (1757-1828)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 148

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500

  • Signature: with inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with gouache
  • Dimensions: 18 by 25cm., 7 by 9.75in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Arches Art Gallery, Belfast; Private collection
  • John Henry Campbell was born of British parents (both from Herefordshire) who settled in Dublin. Campbell studied at Dublin Society's School and later established himself as a landscape painter in Dublin. Between 1802 and 1828 he exhibited regularly, contributing to the RHA opening exhibition in 1826 and again in 1828. Painting in both oil and watercolour Campbell's views comprised numerous scenes in Dublin as well as neighbouring counties. Views of Killarney are also mentioned and Strickland notes his works as, "pleasing and well painted, and as an artist he ranks high among contemporary Irish painters in watercolour." See Strickland, Vol.1, p.150-152 (illustrated).

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THE FAIR, MY WHITTLE ISLAND
THE FAIR, MY WHITTLE ISLAND
 Irish School 19th century

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 149

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €300

  • Signature: with title and inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: coloured print
  • Dimensions: 21 by 29cm., 8.25 by 11.5in.
  • This scene is thought to be located near Chapelizod and the Phoenix Park, Dublin.

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NEWS FROM THE FRONT, 1901
NEWS FROM THE FRONT, 1901
Robert Sanderson (1848-1908)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 31 May 2010 / 150

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title, artist's name and address [6 Forrest Road, Edinburgh] on label on reverse; also with "No. 1" inscribed on label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 36 by 46cm., 14 by 18in.
  • Robert Sanderson is recorded in The Dictionary of British Artist's 1880-1940 (Vol. V) p.446. He exhibited during the period of 1880-1903 with the same address Forest [sic] Road, Edinburgh listed for him. Sanderson exhibited with the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours. He is also listed in the RHA Index of Exhibitors (Vol. III) p. 132 when he exhibited in 1863 and 1869 from another address in Edinburgh. The number on the label on reverse would suggest this work was exhibited between the years 1880-1903 when he resided at Forrest Road.

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