4 October 2010

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THE VALLEY, ACHILL ISLAND
THE VALLEY, ACHILL ISLAND
Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 51

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower centre; titled lower left; with original framing label of Thos. Dockrell Sons & Co., Ltd. [South Great George's Street, Dublin] on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 27 by 46cm., 10.75 by 18in.
  • Contained within original gilt frame and mount.

    Alexander Williams travelled the length and breath of Ireland recording scenes of the Irish countryside, many of which later featured in the text, Beautiful Ireland, Leinster, Ulster, Munster, Connaught Painted by Alexander Williams and Described by Stephen Gwynn, 1910. In the text William chooses to illustrate The Minaun Cliffs, Achill Island (Connaught, p. 51), however, his description of the island is perhaps better reflected in this work as Gwynn notes,

    "But for all that it may offer of wilderness, of grandeur, and of interest, Achill has no charm for me. Poverty is a show there: in the village of Keel can still be seen beehive-shaped wigwams rather than houses; and it always seems as if the elements there had been too strong for man and left him huddled and cowering on the earth."

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VIEW OF ACHILL ISLAND AND FISHERMAN and GRACE O'MALLEY'S CASTLE, ACHILL ISLAND, COUNTY MAYO (A PAIR)
VIEW OF ACHILL ISLAND AND FISHERMAN and GRACE O'MALLEY'S CASTLE, ACHILL ISLAND, COUNTY MAYO (A PAIR)
Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 52

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed lower right and lower left respectively
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 34 by 58cm., 13.5 by 23in.
  • Dimensions of second work 13 by 23.5in. Framed uniformly.

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CROAGH PATRICK, CLEW BAY
CROAGH PATRICK, CLEW BAY
Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 53

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed lower right; titled lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 27 by 46cm., 10.75 by 18.2 5in.
  • Croagh Patrick and Westport are praised in Gwynn's reading of the landscape (see Connaught, p.48) with an illustration of Croagh Patrick, from Oldhead, Clew Bay, p.46.

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WINDMILL AND SHEEP
WINDMILL AND SHEEP
Claude Hayes RI ROI (1852-1922)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 54

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: 


THE LOITERERS
THE LOITERERS
Claude Hayes RI ROI (1852-1922)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 55

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: signed lower left; bearing label detailing artist's dates and title on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour heightened with white
  • Dimensions: 36 by 70cm., 14.25 by 27.7 5in.
  • In 1876 Claude Hayes exhibited two works at the RHA one of which was titled, Girl Feeding Geese, Evening (catalogue no. 386) [£8-8-0].

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LEENANE, KILLARY BAY
LEENANE, KILLARY BAY
Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 56

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower centre; titled lower left; with original framing label of Thos. Dockrell Sons & Co. Ltd. [South Great George's Street, Dublin] on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 27 by 46cm., 10.5 by 18in.
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LOCH VENACHER N.B., c. 1893
LOCH VENACHER N.B., c. 1893
Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 57

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; titled lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 46cm., 10 by 18in.
  • Loch Venacher or Loch Bheannchair is a fresh water loch located in Stirling, Scotland. In 1893 Williams exhibited at the Academy giving a permanent address as, The Studio, 4 Hatch Street. Scottish landscapes dominated in his works this year with scenes of Loch Achray and Loch Vennachair in Perthshire, and Loch Etire in Argyll (See Snoddy p.712). It is possible that this work was exhibited at the Academy that year.

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A KNOTTY POINT, 1853
A KNOTTY POINT, 1853
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 58

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with typed label detailing title on reverse; also with J.B. Bennett & Sons Ltd., [50 Gordon Street, Glasgow and at Wellington Chambers, AYR] label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 28 by 37cm., 11 by 14.75in.
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ELDERLY WOMAN WITH HEADRESS, 1855
ELDERLY WOMAN WITH HEADRESS, 1855
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 59

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €1700

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with inscribed William Rodman & Co., Belfast label on reverse; with artist's name and dates printed in the mount lower right
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 23 by 18cm., 9.25 by 7.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:William Rodman & Co., Belfast; Private collection
  • Contained in original William Rodman & Co. gilt mount.

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THE ONCONVANIENCE OF SINGLE LIFE, MORAL - NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND
THE ONCONVANIENCE OF SINGLE LIFE, MORAL - NEVER TOO LATE TO MEND
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 60

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: printed [painted by Erskine Nicol] lower left; with publisher's details lower centre; lithographer [Thos Maguire] lower right; titled beneath
  • Medium: colour lithographic print
  • Dimensions: 43 by 34cm., 17 by 13.5in.
  • London; Published March 1st, by Lloyd, Brothers and Co., 22 Ludgate Hill.

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"BARNEY YOU'RE SULKING NOW", 1861
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 61

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 60 by 43cm., 23.5 by 17in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Sotheby's, Slane Castle, 25 June 1979, lot 477 (illustrated p.148); Private collection
  • Although he did not live in Ireland permanently after 1850, Erskine Nicol did return regularly. He was made an Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1855 and an Academician in 1859. From 1847 to 1856 he exhibited fourteen works at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin showing mostly portraits. During these years the addresses provided by the artist were D’Olier, Fleet and Lower Sackville Street, Dublin. In 1862 he relocated to London, becoming an associate member of the Royal Academy in 1868. In 1885 he retired from the Royal Academy, and went to Scotland before finally settling in Feltham, Middlesex. His work demonstrates a genuine and candid engagement with his subject. Works such as An Ejected Family, 1854, and the recently acquired, The 16th, 17th (St. Patrick's Day) and 18th March, 1856, in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland are testament to this sincerity and reinforce the artist’s importance within Irish art.

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WAITING FOR THE CATCH, 1879
WAITING FOR THE CATCH, 1879
Edwin Hayes RHA RI ROI (1819-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 62

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: €1000


VIEW OF BRAY, COUNTY WICKLOW, 1829
VIEW OF BRAY, COUNTY WICKLOW, 1829
In the style of George Petrie PRHA (1790-1866)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 63

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 


FISHING BOATS IN CALM WATERS
FISHING BOATS IN CALM WATERS
Charles Mottram British, (1807-1876)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 64

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €500


THE LAKE OF KILLARNEY, FROM LORD KENMARE'S PEAK
THE LAKE OF KILLARNEY, FROM LORD KENMARE'S PEAK
George Jones RA (1786-1869)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 65

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: wash over pencil on grey paper
  • Dimensions: 23 by 35cm., 9.25 by 13.75in.
  • George Jones was Keeper of the Royal Academy from 1840-1850 and was elected member of the academy in February 1824. Jones was acting President of the RA during Sir Martin Shee's illness, 1845-50.

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A WOMAN PLEADING WITH A DISARMED SOLDIER
A WOMAN PLEADING WITH A DISARMED SOLDIER
Angelica Kauffman (Austrian, 1741-1807)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 66

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Medium: pencil with red chalk on paper
  • Dimensions: 23 by 23cm., 9.25 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Collection of the Hamilton family, Hamwood House, Dunboyne, Co. Meath; Thence by descent
  • Angelica Kauffman was born in Switzerland and grew up in Austria. At a young age she demonstrated a precocious talent for the arts and was encouraged by her father, Joseph Johann Kauffmann, also an artist, to pursue her gift abroad, first in Italy and later England. Kauffman became a firm friend of Sir Joshua Reynolds who encouraged and supported her both professionally and personally. In 1768 Kauffman was elected a Royal Academian and from 1769 to 1797 she exhibited unfailingly; submitting as many as eleven works in one year alone. Her friendship with Reynolds is recorded famously in Nathaniel Hone’s The Conjuror, 1775 (In the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland). The painting was a direct attack on Reynolds, the then president of the RA, and his artistic practice. The Conjuror was rejected by the academy after a complaint from Kauffman in which she argued she had been represented as a nude within the canvas. Although Hone later painted out the figure it was thought that Kauffman’s grievance was a ploy to distract from the criticism of the president.

    In 1781 she married for the second time, Antonio Zucchi (1728-1795) a Venetian artist working in England. Several houses and demesnes in Ireland, such as Curraghmore, Co Waterford display embellishments attributed to Zucchi and Kauffman who visited Ireland in the late 18th century and stayed with the Hamilton family in Dunboyne.

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WINNOWING, 1858
WINNOWING, 1858
Francis William Topham RA OWS (1808-1877)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 67

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: watercolour heightened with white
  • Dimensions: 55 by 48cm., 21.7 5 by 18.75in.
  • In what appears to be its original gilt frame.

    Born in Leeds, 13 April 1808, Topham originally trained as an artist-engraver. He found employment from an early age in London working as a book engraver for a number of companies including George Virtue’s publishing firm, for whom he engraved the illustrations to the Complete Works of Robert Burns. He soon turned however to concentrate on watercolour painting, exhibiting his work with both the New Watercolour Society (of which he was made a full member in 1843) and the Old Watercolour Society (to which he was elected in 1844). He concentrated on scenes of rural life, an interest which remained with him during his travels in Ireland, Scotland, Italy and Spain. Topham visited Ireland three times in 1844, 1862 and 1868. Works by Topham can be found in the British Museum, the Ulster Museum and the National Gallery of Ireland.

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STREET IN GALWAY
STREET IN GALWAY
Alfred Charles Conrade (British, 1863-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 68

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with pen and ink over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 26 by 22cm., 10.25 by 8.5in.
  • This view shows, beyond the rooftops, St. Nicholas' Church in the heart of the medieval centre of Galway. Conrade is listed in the Dictionary of British Artist's 1880-1940, p.118 and is recorded as a “painter and modeller,” exhibiting between 1911-33. Conrade is perhaps best known for his architectural works and has a particular style which demonstrated extensive use of pencil beneath the image. Although born in Leeds, Conrade studied abroad in academies in Düsseldorf, Paris and Madrid later travelling widely in Europe and Asia. He was chief artist at White City (1911-14), the location for the substantial Franco-British exhibition in 1908 and the London Olympic games of the same year. His address in London is recorded as, 25 Lorn Road, Brixton.

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STREET SCENE WITH VIEW OF CLOCK TOWER, 1910
STREET SCENE WITH VIEW OF CLOCK TOWER, 1910
Lilian Lucy Davidson ARHA (1893-1954)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 69

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €500

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower left; also signed 'Davidson' and dated lower left; with John P. Dawson (37A Upper Sackville Street, Dublin) label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 23 by 14cm., 9 by 5.5in.
  • In original frame and gilt mount.

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THE BANK OF IRELAND (COLLEGE GREEN), DUBLIN, 1883
THE BANK OF IRELAND (COLLEGE GREEN), DUBLIN, 1883
Joseph Pennell (American, 1857-1926)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 70

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; with typed label of 140 Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts on reverse
  • Medium: pen and ink with gouache on paper
  • Dimensions: 21 by 44cm., 8.25 by 17.2 5in.
  • Also with this lot are folios from The Century Magazine Vol. XXIX, December, 1884 (no. 2) pages 163-180 discussing Dublin City with accompanying images of historic Dublin landmarks by Joseph Pennell such as St. Patrick's Close and Cathedral and Sackville Street and Nelson's Column.

    Joseph Pennell was born on 4 July, 1857 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After attending the Academy of Fine Arts in his native city, he began working as an etcher and illustrator of historic landmarks in America. By 1884 he had relocated to Europe and settled in London where he frequently illustrated articles and books published locally and in the United States. As an author he produced many books, several of them in collaboration with his wife, author Elizabeth Robins Pennell. Both became close friends with James McNeill Whistler (1834-1903), whose biography they undertook in 1906 and later published in 1908. In his latter years Pennell was a pivotal figure in the arts, particularly in the genre of etching. It is thought that his work in 1912 in San Francisco influenced the formation of the California Society of Etchers. Pennell died in Brooklyn, New York in April, 1926.

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VILLAGE STREET SCENE
VILLAGE STREET SCENE
Walter Frederick Osborne RHA ROI (1859-1903)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 71

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €5800

  • Signature: with Dublin Arts Club label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on milboard
  • Dimensions: 23 by 13cm., 9.25 by 5.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance: Collection of Thomas Madden Finchley; Thence by descent.
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:possibly exhibited Dublin Arts Club 1893, entitled Sketch
  • Walter Osborne spent much of the period 1884-1892 in England staying in villages and harbour towns, and painting rural scenes, coastal subjects and landscapes. In the early period he represented children in farmyards or by the harbour in a careful naturalistic style. He then depicted farming subjects. By the late 1880s and early nineties his style was becoming looser in manner, and more impressionistic, as in his small sketches on panel. In the present painting Village Street Scene he shows a village street with red brick and tiled roofed houses on a warm summer's day. Osborne fakes a low viewpoint. The foreground is empty, but figures and buildings are placed along the centre of the composition. A woman in a red shawl crosses the village street on the left, while other figures, and perhaps a grazing cow and a green coloured cart, are visible just over the rise. The artist applies the brush strokes with quick notations, employing a soft "square-brush" style, and sometimes painting "wet on wet". This can be seen in the figure of the woman, the houses and trees, allowing the brush marks to blur into the sky, the painting giving an impression of simplicity and spontaneity. Osborne uses a varied palette of warm pinks, maroons, ochres, greens and roses characteristic of his English paintings, with a pale duck-egg blue sky. Small curls of red, brown and yellow paint are scattered in the foreground. The artist was to employ a similar composition and loose style in some of his Irish paintings shortly afterwards. For example, a shawled woman on the left, with the other figures and houses behind, appears in his small vivid painting A Horse Fair Galway, 1893. There is a similar composition and sense of spontaneity in the village scenes at Rush, Co. Dublin, later in the 1890s. In painting these small plein-air studies, Osborne often used a panel or millboard. Millboard was manufactured by placing a mixed fibre pulp on a mould and rolling or "milling" it. By the early nineteenth century the millboard was available from artist suppliers and Constable employed it for some of his outdoor sketches. Later in the century the millboard was sold readily primes. This was convenient to use for plein-air painting. It could be fitted into a painting box when the artist was working on the picture, then carried home in the lid of the box. The slightly thin paint around the edges of Village Street Scene suggests that Osborne employs this method of working in situ. Osborne exhibited many of his small paintings and sketches at the Dublin Arts Club in the late 1880s and early 1890s. It is possible that the Village Street Scene is the picture entitled In a Berkshire Village exhibited at the DAC in 1891. However, there is a fragment of a label "Dublin Arts C(lub)" which, (rather than Dublin Art Club), was the name of the group from 1893 onwards. It is possible then that Osborne's painting was executed in the early 1890s, and exhibited at the DAC in 1893, entitled Sketch.

    Dr. Julian Campbell

    Cork, September 2010

    1. Sarah Cove, Constable's Oil Paintings and Techniques, in ‘Constable’ by Leslie Parris and Ian Fleming-Williams, Tate Gallery London, 1991

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THREE STUDIES OF THE ARTIST'S WIFE RENE
THREE STUDIES OF THE ARTIST'S WIFE RENE
Seán O'Sullivan RHA (1906-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 72

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: each with artist's name and details of the sitter on reverse
  • Medium: pencil on paper (framed uniformly)
  • Dimensions: 28 by 24cm., 11 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:From the collection of the artist's family; Private collection
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I GO TO THE RACES, 19 APRIL 1919
I GO TO THE RACES, 19 APRIL 1919
Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 73

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: with a letter to "my dear Robin" signed "Orps" in the lower margin
  • Medium: pen and ink drawing
  • Dimensions: 30 by 19cm., 12 by 7.5in.
  • Letter below reads,

    "My dear Robin, I go to the Races, I met a charmer, but her dress was too beautiful and the photographers were at us the whole time, I pretended I was used to it, but my face got very red. Hope they won't be published in England! Balfour sat this morning but went to sleep, after ten minutes! But woke up for lunch the blighter! Love to you both, Orps."

    Orpen's portrait of James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour (1848-1930) is now held in the British Academy's Collection. The Academy's records note Orpen's observations on his sitter, "What a head! It put all other heads out of the running. So refined, so calm, so strong, a fitting head for such a great personality." At the time Orpen was one of the most sought after and fashionable portrait painters as well as an official artist during the First World War.

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PORTRAIT OF MARTIN PAIDIN MACDONAGH
PORTRAIT OF MARTIN PAIDIN MACDONAGH
Seán O'Sullivan RHA (1906-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 74

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed and with sitter's name lower right
  • Medium: graphite on paper
  • Dimensions: 32 by 28cm., 12.75 by 11in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:From the collection of the artist's family; Private collection
  • Also with this lot is another sketch by O'Sullivan of a Horse and Jockey. (2 items)

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THE YACHT RACE
THE YACHT RACE
Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 75

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €550

  • Signature: signed [Orpen] in the plate lower right; signed and titled in pencil in the margin, lower right and left, respectively photogravure
  • Medium: print
  • Dimensions: 23 by 32cm., 9 by 12.5in.
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BOGLAND RIVER, 1912
BOGLAND RIVER, 1912
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 76

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 


LANDSCAPE WITH COTTAGE AND TURF STACKS
LANDSCAPE WITH COTTAGE AND TURF STACKS
Henry Albert Hartland RWS (1840-1893)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 77

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour with gouache
  • Dimensions: 41 by 74cm., 16.25 by 29in.
  • Born at Bellvue, Mallow, into a prominent Cork family of nurserymen (his brother William Baylor Hartland in particular was well-known among Cork business circles), Henry Albert Hartland studied at the Cork School of Art. He found employment supplying sketches of the local landscape to a Cork bookseller, and printing scenery for the Cork Theatre and the Theatre Royal in Dublin. He left Ireland circa 1870, settling at first in London and shortly afterwards in Liverpool, where he spent the rest of his life. His talents there were soon recognised and he sold paintings almost as fast as he painted them. He made return trips to Ireland, painting in Mayo, Clare, and along the River Shannon. In 1865 he sent five landscapes to the RHA and was an occasional contributor afterwards. He also exhibited in London with the Society of Artists, the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Watercolour Society, and the RA. He died in 1893 after falling from a cliff outside Liverpool. His work was included in the Guildhall Exhibition of Irish Art in London in 1904, and may now be seen in the Walker Gallery, Liverpool, and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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SHANNON AT LOUGH DERG
SHANNON AT LOUGH DERG
Alexander Williams RHA (1846-1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 78

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower centre; title Lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 27 by 48cm., 10.75 by 18.75in.
  • 'Holy Island, Lough Derg' is also featured in the text 'Beautiful Ireland, Painted by Alex Williams, Described by Stephen Gwynn', illustrated (Munster, p.58)

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GILBERT BAYES' PIGEON WITH ALMOND BLOSSOM
GILBERT BAYES' PIGEON WITH ALMOND BLOSSOM
Mary Georgina Barton SWA (1861-1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 79

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; with inscribed label on reverse detailing title, price [£21] and artist's address [3B Parkside Place SW1 or Thatched Cottage, Bracknell, Berkshire]
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 77 by 47cm., 30.5 by 18.5in.
  • Born in Dundalk, Co. Louth, in 1861, Mary Barton was the youngest of seven children. Having settled in London in 1895, she began her studies at the Westminster School of Art. She exhibited only four works at the RHA from 1900 to 1931 but was a regular exhibitor with the WCSI, the Belfast Art Society and the Irish Fine Art Society. She travelled extensively throughout Europe, Mexico and India. She also taught art during a visit to Rome and whilst in England taught small groups of women at the homes of the landed gentry. Barton exhibited sporadically with the RHA from 1900 to 1931 each time from an address in South or West London.

    The ceramic of a pigeon is by Gilbert William Bayes RA (1872-1953)

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THE DUST BATH
THE DUST BATH
Mildred Anne Butler RWA (1858-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 80

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €650

  • Signature: signed with initials lower left; with title on reverse; also with Wellesley Ashe Gallery framing label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 12 by 16cm., 4.75 by 6.25in.
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VIEW FROM A ROOFTOP
VIEW FROM A ROOFTOP
Dorothy Blackham (1896-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 81

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 40cm., 10 by 15.75in.
  • Born in Dublin, Dorothy Blackham (who later became Dorothy Stewart) entered the RHA Schools during the First World War and later studied at the Goldsmith's College in London. She exhibited regularly with the RHA from 1916-1946, and later with the RUA, the WCSI, and the Ulster Society of Women Artists. She is associated with the Yeats sisters, Elizabeth and Lily, and contributed linocuts for their Cuala Press productions. She returned to Northern Ireland in 1964 with her family where she resided at Moat Street, Donaghadee.

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COUNTY WICKLOW WOODLAND SCENE, c.1930s
COUNTY WICKLOW WOODLAND SCENE, c.1930s
Mabel Young (1889-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 82

Published Estimate: €1800-2500

Price Realised: €2100

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Mabel Young was the second wife of Paul Henry, who began painting under his guidance and exhibiting from 1928. The pair spent much of their time together residing happily in Carrigoona Cottage near Kilmacanogue in County Wicklow between the years 1929 and 1950. This particular work by Young recalls a similar scene by the artist's husband executed in 1930-31 entitled Trees, Co Wicklow, (illustrated) which was probably painted shortly after Henry settled at Carigoona Cottage.

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THE LITTLE FIELD
THE LITTLE FIELD
Mabel Young (1889-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 83

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title and artist's studio details inscribed on frame on reverse; with A.J. Milborne & Son framing label affixed verso
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 34 by 39cm., 13.5 by 15.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The artist's studio, Carrigoona Cottage, Kilmacogue, Co. Wicklow; Private collection
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PARK LAKE WITH BRIDGE
PARK LAKE WITH BRIDGE
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 84

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €750


BREACADH AN LAE / DAWN, 1929 and PROFILE OF A MAN IN SHIRT AND TIE, 1931 (A PAIR)
BREACADH AN LAE / DAWN, 1929 and PROFILE OF A MAN IN SHIRT AND TIE, 1931 (A PAIR)
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 85

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: €170

  • Signature: the first, signed with initial 'K' in the plate lower left; dated '29' in the plate lower right; signed 'Harry A Kernoff' and dated [1931] in the margin lower right; the second, signed with initial 'K' in the plate lower right; signed and dated in the ma
  • Medium: woodcuts (framed)
  • Dimensions: 25 by 19cm., 9.75 by 7.5in.
  • Folio size of each title: 11.25 by 9in. and 8.5 by 6in., respectively.

    Breacadh an Lae or Dawn is illustrated in two books, the first, Woodcuts, Harry Kernoff, RHA a limited edition book (220 copies) published in Dublin, 1942 by Cahill and Company Ltd. The second title, Cap with Bells, Woodcuts by Harry Kernoff and Ink Washes by Noel Sheridan, by Coburn Britton, The Dolmen Press, Dublin 1959 (320 copies, illustrated p.26).

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THE FAIRY HILL
THE FAIRY HILL
Lady Beatrice Glenavy RHA (1881-1970)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 86

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €300


NELSON'S PILLAR, DUBLIN and A DUBLIN CAB
NELSON'S PILLAR, DUBLIN and A DUBLIN CAB
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 87

Published Estimate: €200-400

Price Realised: €270

  • Signature: faintly signed in the margin lower right; titled lower left; with initial 'K' in the plate lower right
  • Medium: woodcuts
  • Dimensions: 20 by 15cm., 8 by 5.75in.
  • Dimensions of second work: 5.75 by 7.25in, framed uniformly. Second title also signed faintly in the margin lower right and titled lower left; with original framing label of C. Bull, Ltd., 21 Suffolk Street, Dublin on reverse.

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TURF-BARGES, PORTOBELLO, DUBLIN, 1941
TURF-BARGES, PORTOBELLO, DUBLIN, 1941
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 88

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €220

  • Signature: signed with initial 'K' in the plate lower left; titled in pencil in the margin lower left; signed again and dated in pencil lower right
  • Medium: woodcut
  • Dimensions: 13 by 17cm., 5.25 by 6.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the present owner's mother
  • Contained in what appears to be its original frame. Foilio size: 10 by 8.25in. The original oil which inspired this series of woodcuts was sold through Whyte's as lot 53, 30 November 2009. It was later reproduced as a woodcut, Cuan Portobello – Báid na Mona, Turf Boats, Portobello, alongside thirty-five other works in Kernoff's limited edition publication on his works in this medium in 1942. This woodcut dating to 1941 predates this scarce book.

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CARAVANS, DUBLIN
CARAVANS, DUBLIN
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 89

Published Estimate: €150-250

Price Realised: €370

  • Signature: signed in biro in lower margin; signed with initial 'K' in the plate; with title and artist's name block printed in the margin lower left and lower right respectively
  • Medium: woodcut
  • Dimensions: 10 by 12cm., 4 by 4.75in.
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ABSTRACT
ABSTRACT
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 90

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €2900

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 62 by 48cm., 24.5 by 19in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the present owner's mother
  • Eight years ago the Gorry Gallery, Dublin hosted an exhibition comprising solely abstract works by Harry Kernoff from 31 January to 8 February, 2002. This collection of twenty-five works was purchased from the artist’s sister in 1978, four years after Kernoff’s death. Although best known for his portraits, genre paintings and woodcuts, Kernoff in his latter years experimented with an entirely different approach to painting which demonstrated an acute awareness of trends in Europe as well as an interest in experimentation that is perhaps concealed in his betterknown subjects. In 1930 he visited the Soviet Union and his exposure there to Russian modern art left a lasting impression on him. This work with its futuristic style, colourful palette, and swirling motifs, resembles much of the work exhibited at the Gorry Gallery, where titles such as Time-space is curved, Galaxy or Cyclotron, aptly reflected these fantastical creations.

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BYZANTINE MADONNA, 1934
BYZANTINE MADONNA, 1934
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 91

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €7400

  • Signature: signed, titled and numbered [37] in pencil on reverse; also with artist's address [13 Stamer Street, Dublin] and original price [£10-0-0] on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 39 by 29cm., 15.5 by 11.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the present owner's mother;
  • The image of the Byzantine Madonna later became a popular woodcut design for the artist.

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FOREST WITH STREAM AND BRIDGE
FOREST WITH STREAM AND BRIDGE
Attributed to Eva Henrietta Hamilton  (1876-1960)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 92

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €300

  • Signature: with original Victor Waddington label on reverse; also with possible exhibition number [8] affixed to original frame, lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 22cm., 11.75 by 8.75in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin; Private collection
  • In original frame of the Victor Waddington Galleries.

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RIVERSIDE PATH WITH TREES AND BRIDGE, 1940-44
RIVERSIDE PATH WITH TREES AND BRIDGE, 1940-44
Sidney Smith FRSA (1912-1982)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 93

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €370

  • Signature: inscribed with artist's name and studio address [20 Howard Street, Belfast] on reverse; also with further inscription verso
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 41cm., 20 by 16in.
  • Second inscription verso reads, "Warships Week Procession (Typical Country Town in Northern Ireland)." It appears that this inscription refers to another work by the artist. The Howard Street address dates the work to his time in Belfast and his local landscape scenes. From his attic and studio address Smith also assisted fellow Northern Ireland artist, Daniel O'Neill on his paintings later travelling with O'Neill to London. From 1940 to 1944 Smith exhibited with the RHA, his work entitled Autumn on the Lagan (no. 88) from 1943 is reminiscent of this scene.

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AUTUMN IN SAINT STEPHEN'S GREEN
AUTUMN IN SAINT STEPHEN'S GREEN
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 94

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €2800


PORTRAIT OF MS. WALSH, 1929
PORTRAIT OF MS. WALSH, 1929
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 95

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: charcoal heightened in white with oil pastel
  • Dimensions: 33 by 24cm., 13 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the sitter in 1929; Thence by descent.
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SELF PORTRAIT IN TIN HAT, 1940
SELF PORTRAIT IN TIN HAT, 1940
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 96

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €1600

  • Signature: signed lower left; faintly inscribed in pencil on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 8 by 6cm., 3.25 by 2.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the present owner's mother.
  • In a handmade painted frame created by the artist.

    An almost identical self-portrait of the artist (albeit a larger example, 41 by 35cm) can be found in the National Self Portrait Collection, Limerick. Reference number NSPCI.1977.007. This diminutive work was reproduced as a woodcut entitled, The Tin Hat, in Thirty-Six Woodcuts by Harry Kernoff, RHA (illustrated, p.3), Privately Published in 1951.

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SWEET PEAS
SWEET PEAS
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 97

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1100

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title in pencil on reverse; also with artist's name and address [13 Stamer Street, Dublin] in pencil on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 27 by 36cm., 10.5 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the present owner's mother
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ROCK TEMPLE, VISHNN-GRAM, INDIA
ROCK TEMPLE, VISHNN-GRAM, INDIA
Cecil Ffrench Salkeld (1904-1969)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 98

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 51cm., 24 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Adams and Bonhams, 25 May 2005, lot 117; sold for €6,000 Private collection
  • This work sold for €6,000 five years ago with Adams and Bonhams.

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COMPOSITION
COMPOSITION
Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 99

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: with inscribed Dawson Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: gouache over pencil on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 30 by 16cm., 11.7 5 by 6.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Contained in original Dawson Gallery frame.

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COASTAL LANDSCAPE WITH TREES AND COTTAGE, 1937
COASTAL LANDSCAPE WITH TREES AND COTTAGE, 1937
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 4 October 2010 / 100

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

Price Realised: €27000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; bearing John Magee Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 61cm., 18 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:John Magee Gallery, Belfast; Private collection
  • In 1937, when this work was completed, Colin Middleton was twenty-seven years old. His first ever exhibition, with the short lived Ulster Unit, which included fellow Northern artist John Luke, had taken place just three years previously and in 1935 he married Maye McLain. Since leaving school Middleton had worked in the family damask business in Belfast, attending the College of Art by night and making trips, when feasible, to view exhibitions abroad such as the Van Gogh show in the Leicester Galleries in 1928. 1937 was a decidedly happy period in the artist’s life. This work with its serene northern landscape and soothing autumnal palette mirrors the artist’s mood and his fondness for his surroundings reflected in the rhythmic rolling hills interspersed with neat hedgerows and brightly painted gables. The simplification of colour and form, evidenced in the flat rendering of the buildings, was a favoured technique by the artist and was repeated in later works such as Building with Distant Spinney, 1939 (illustrated). Like his contemporary, John Luke RUA (1906-1975) these works have a stylised dreamlike quality. Sadly, the tranquillity as expressed in this work reflects the calm before the storm. Middleton’s personal life was upturned just two years later when his wife Maye died tragically and later, in 1941, with the onset of World War II, the Northern landscape would suffer also when its peaceful countryside was severely blitzed during the conflicts.

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