14 March 2011

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ARISE AND GO, 2004/6
ARISE AND GO, 2004/6
Hughie O'Donoghue (b.1953)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 51

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; signed, inscribed [Prodigal Son Series] titled and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil and gampi tissue on panel with photographic component
  • Dimensions: 74 by 64cm., 29 by 25in.
  • In spring of 2005 the Fenton Gallery, Cork hosted Hughie O’Donoghue’s solo show, ‘Parable of The Prodigal Son’. The exhibition traced the fable through a series of narrative panels of which this is one. The story told by the artist was inspired by a set of plate negatives bought at a car-boot sale. These photographs of unknown people fused with the artist’s own imagined ideas of their lives, memories of his father and grandfather and ‘the muddy wastes of the Western Front’ fuse to form a collection of contemplative multifaceted visual meditations. The artist describes his creative processes for these panels as, “…a balance between action and contemplation, the old alchemical division between laboratory and library, only in my case the laboratory is a painting studio.”

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UNTITLED, 1999
UNTITLED, 1999
Gerard Byrne (b.1969)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 52

Published Estimate: €3500-4500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: with inscribed Green on Red Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: c-print on aluminium
  • Dimensions: 99 by 150cm., 39 by 59in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Green on Red Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited: 'Art Chicago 1999', Green on Red Gallery, Chicago, USA (loaned)
  • This work may also have been exhibited at ‘Theatre-Bunker-Archive-Reception Area’ the artist’s solo show at the Green On Red Gallery, Dublin in 1999. This exhibition presented the viewer with a series of banal and impenetrable environments which Byrne choose to leave unexplained to his audience. All the works were made in New York where the artist was living in 1999 and were shot at night from the outdoors looking inside on spaces which were unfamiliar and out of the control of the artist. The spaces depicted by Byrne hold only hints at the function of the corporate environment giving the viewer a sense of remote isolation akin to the artist's during the creation process.

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BURNING MONK, 1968
BURNING MONK, 1968
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 53

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €9500

  • Signature: signed on reverse
  • Medium: acrylic on canvas
  • Dimensions: 71 by 218cm., 28 by 86in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Little Theatre, Brown Thomas, Dublin; Where purchased by the present owner; Loaned to The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham (2003-2010)
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:The Little Theatre Brown Thomas, Dublin, 1969 (the artist's very first exhibition); 'Robert Ballagh', Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 1968; 'Robert Ballagh, A Retrospective', RHA, Dublin, 15 September-22 October, 2006, no. 2
  • Literature: Literature:Carty, Ciaran and Kiberd, Declan, Robert Ballagh - Art and Designer, A Retrospective, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 2006, p.34 (illustrated)
  • In his overview on the work of Robert Ballagh, Philip Vann reflects on the work of the artist from the late 1960s where he remarks on how, “…Ballagh’s attention was in two apparently disparate directions – researching and contemplating great classical artists, and watching the state of national emergency unfolding in Northern Ireland as Civil Rights marchers were attacked by the B-Special police. Actually, there was no divergence at all in these two aspects, as Ballagh went on making a series of innovative paintings based on Goya’s The Third of May, David’s The Rape of the Sabines and Delacriox Liberty at the Barricades. Just as these late 18th and 19th century masterpieces convey thoughtful yet viscerally charged responses to contemporaneous political repression, so Ballagh’s Pop Art adaptations – with a stinging succinctness of their own… reflect his own response to events in his own time.”

    In the late 1960s the widespread news coverage in the western media of the self-sacrificing protests of Buddhist monks established the practice of self-immolations as a type of a political protest. These very public and dramatic demonstrations became fodder for contemporaneous reporters who latched on to the newsworthiness of the gruesome spectacle. Burning Monk is a precursor to the classical works. In it Ballagh’s comment on the media is clear and is conveyed through his modern realist style decorated with his typically iconic stamp.

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FIGURE AN WITH ELLSWORTH KELLY, 1972
FIGURE AN WITH ELLSWORTH KELLY, 1972
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 54

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: signed with initials and dated on reverse; with typed David Hendricks Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: acrylic vinyl co-polymer emulsion on canvas
  • Dimensions: 25 by 33cm., 10 by 13in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; where purchased by the Bank of Ireland Group; De Vere's, 21 David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Where purchased by the Bank of Ireland Group; De Vere's, 21 November 2000, lot 314; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'Robert Ballagh', David Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, (until) 12 August, 1972, exhibition no. 18 (£45-0-0)
  • American born Ellsworth Kelly (b.1923) is a renowned painter and sculptor whose simplicity of form and subtle technique link him to the school of Minimalist, Colour Field and Hard-Edge painting.

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JOE-IN-THE-MIDDLE, 1985
JOE-IN-THE-MIDDLE, 1985
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 55

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower centre; with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 27 by 40cm., 10.7 5 by 15.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Commissioned by the author, Tony Hickey, for his book of the same name
  • Literature: Literature:Hickey, Tony, 'Joe-in-the-middle' Children's Poolbeg, Dublin,1989 (illustrated on front cover)
  • This work shows 'Joe' (the boy used as the model is the artist's son, Bruce Ballagh) standing on O'Connell Bridge. Robert Dunbar recently referred to Tony Hickey's hard-edged Joe books in his article in the Irish Times as, “…dealing with shadowy marginalised existences.”

    A signed first edition copy of the book, Joe-in-the-Middle by Tony Hickey, accompanies this lot.

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WHERE IS JOE?, c.1989
WHERE IS JOE?, c.1989
Robert Ballagh (b.1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 56

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 36 by 47cm., 14 by 18.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Commissioned by the author, Tony Hickey, for his book of the same name
  • This work also uses the same model for the character 'Joe', this time placing the subject on the banks of the Shannon with Clonmacnoise in the background.

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ORMEAU BATHS, BELFAST, 1990
ORMEAU BATHS, BELFAST, 1990
Cecil Maguire RHA RUA (b.1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 57

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; signed again and titled on reverse; also with artist's address [Old Quay, Roundstone, Connemara] inscribed on reverse; with typed Bell Gallery exhibition label also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 46 by 61cm., 18 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Bell Gallery, Belfast; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:The Bell Gallery, Belfast, November 1990, exhibition, no. 4
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WHITE MOUNTAIN
WHITE MOUNTAIN
Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 58

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €8500

  • Signature: signed lower left; with inscribed Tom Caldwell Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast; Private collection
  • The backdrop of Northern Ireland plays a central role in the work of Basil Blackshaw who was born in Co. Antrim. Rooted to his native county, the artist’s distinct style and loose application of paint translate into canvases that are fluid, personal records of place.

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FLOWERS
FLOWERS
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 59

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €8000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title inscribed on reverse; with typed Victor Waddington Galleries label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 46 by 61cm., 18 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin; Adam's and Bonhams, 31 May 2000, lot 56; Private collection
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GOING TO MASS, CONNEMARA, 1945
GOING TO MASS, CONNEMARA, 1945
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 60

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €9000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 69cm., 18 by 27in.
  • This work is comparable stylistically to another early work from this period Fortwilliam c.1940, which sold through Whyte's for €5,400, September 2009, lot 46. Early works by Markey are quite rare. This example is exceptionally rare as the artist has dated it and it is an example of the technique he developed under the tutelage of Paul Nietsche, an established and critically acclaimed Ulster artist of Ukrainian origin. Nietsche introduced Markey – whom he described as “a neglected genius” to Zoltan Frankl an émigré industrialist who set up textile factories in Northern Ireland during World War II. Frankl was a generous and informed collector and patron of Irish art in the 1940s and 1950s – his collection included all the great contemporaries of the period including Conor, Middleton, Dillon, and O’Neill. Markey became one of his favourite artists and he described him once in an interview as the greatest living Irish artist.

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JEANIE, 1956
JEANIE, 1956
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 61

Published Estimate: €15000-18000

Price Realised: €14500

  • Signature: signed upper right; with inscribed label on reverse detailing title and provenance
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 61 by 46cm., 24 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Waddington Galleries, Dublin, 1956; Private collection
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THE BEACHCOMBERS
THE BEACHCOMBERS
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 62

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; faintly titled on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 69cm., 20 by 27in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Private collection, USA; Sotheby's, 30 October 2007, lot 7; Private collection
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LOST DOLL
LOST DOLL
Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 63

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €6400

  • Signature: signed lower left; original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 64cm., 20 by 25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Tom Caldwell Galleries, Dublin and Belfast; Adam's, 15 March 1990, lot 99; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'Patrick Collins', Tom Caldwell Galleries, Dublin and Belfast, March 1978, catalogue no. 9
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YOUNG COUPLE IN A LANDSCAPE
YOUNG COUPLE IN A LANDSCAPE
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 64

Published Estimate: €25000-35000

Price Realised: €30000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Collection of Leo Smith, Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Dr. Micheal Magan; Whyte's 25 February 2008, lot 58; Private collection
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MOTLEY FOOLS, c.1961
MOTLEY FOOLS, c.1961
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 65

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: with evidence of signature lower left; with title and artist's name inscribed on reverse; also with Beverly Smyth & Sons Ltd. Packers, Dublin label [inscribed "44/G Dillon 1/3/76"] on reverse
  • Medium: oil and sand on board
  • Dimensions: 98 by 72cm., 38.5 by 28.5in.
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:Tulfarris Gallery, Co. Wicklow, c.1971, exhibition no. 4
  • In the 1960s Dillon began introducing a variety of unconventional materials into his artistic practice such as sand and other textured substances which he mixed into oils and applied to his support. In the exhibition 'New Work by Gerard Dillon' at the Dawson Gallery, Dublin, April 1962, evidence of this practice could be seen in a variety of works, such as Masquerade, 1960, catalogue no. 1, sold in these rooms in November 2005, lot 105.

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FLOWER TREE
FLOWER TREE
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 66

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; with inscribed label detailing title and provenance on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 50 by 38cm., 19.7 5 by 15in.
  • Label on reverse reads, "Flower Tree; by Dan O'Neill: oil on board. This was painted sometime in the early 1950s and is one of a number of contemporary pictures on a similar theme. It was amongst an assortment of paintings, sketches and drawings given to and left with Sheilagh Deacon, the artist's friend and model. On her death in 1980 the painting came to Deacon's sister of Woolwich, the [then] present owner. It has not previously been shown or offered for sale.” Inscription dated May 1996.

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PLACE OF DREAMS
PLACE OF DREAMS
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 67

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; with title inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 45 by 76cm., 17.7 5 by 30in.
  • Place of Dreams bears many of the qualities of works exhibited by O’Neill in ‘Belfast Expo ‘70’ held at the Dawson Gallery in Dublin in May 1971. Contemporary reports on the exhibition comment on O’Neill’s satirical paintings of ruined houses, roadblocks and burnt-out vehicles set in a dramatically lit surreal environment.

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THE WAYSIDE GROTTO
THE WAYSIDE GROTTO
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 68

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €5800

  • Signature: signed lower left; with typed exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 64 by 76cm., 25 by 30in.
  • Daniel O'Neill began painting in 1939 just before the onset of World War II. One year later he exhibited in a small group show at the Moll Gallery Belfast where, discouragingly, none of his works sold. Later during the blitz O'Neill along with his artistic companion Gerard Dillon experimented in sculpture owing to the large quantity of rubble and debris on the Belfast streets. In 1943 they held a joint exhibition of paintings at the Contemporary Pictures Gallery, 133 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin. O'Neill showed seven works at this show and Snoddy lists three of their titles as, Head of Christ, Wayside Murder and Clowns. Two of his seven works were sold at this exhibition. (See Snoddy, p.492) Wayside Grotto was possibly one of these two successful sales in 1943. The title would indicate continuity with that of Wayside Murder while the sombre tone and religious subject matter echoes that of Head of Christ.

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SEA SHORE IN MOONLIGHT
SEA SHORE IN MOONLIGHT
Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 69

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower centre; with title and number [2] on reverse; also with David Hendriks framing label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with gouache and collage
  • Dimensions: 62 by 50cm., 24.5 by 19.5in.
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PAOLO UZCUDUN
PAOLO UZCUDUN
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 70

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 46 by 37cm., 18.2 5 by 14.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner's father
  • Paulino Uzcudun Eizmendi (1899-1985) was a Spanish heavyweight boxer known as the 'Basque Woodchopper'. Uzcudun was European heavyweight champion who fought Joe Louis, Max Baer and Primo Carnera among others during his career. Uzcudun came out of retirement on 13 December 1935 to fight Joe Louis, however he was defeated in the fourth round (this is referred to on the reverse of the board). From August to October 1975 Campbell held a exhibition entitled ‘Friends and Acquaintances’ at the Tom Caldwell Gallery, Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin. Culled from thirty years of work, the exhibition included images of contemporaries such as Dillon, Brendan Behan and Paddy Maloney of the Chieftains as well as several Spaniards and personalities from the circus and the boxing ring. It is likely that this work was also included in this show.

    Campbell’s connection with Spain was first formally recognised in 1978 when he was made a Commander of the Order of Merito Civile. Although approaches had been made previous to this, until the fall of the Franco regime, Campbell had respectfully declined to accept an accolade from the Spanish government.

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WOMAN WITH HEAD SCARF AND BAG
WOMAN WITH HEAD SCARF AND BAG
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 71

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €10500

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 62 by 50cm., 24.5 by 19.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner's father
  • This is thought to be one of a series of Dublin scenes executed in the 1960s. It compares with Horsemans Row, Dublin 1967, sold at Whyte's on 31 May 2010, as lot 113

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COTTAGE AND COW
COTTAGE AND COW
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 72

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1900

  • Signature: bearing signature in pencil lower right; with hand-written label, detailing artist and title on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 24 by 34cm., 9.5 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private Collection
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SHIMMERING BOG
SHIMMERING BOG
Palm Skerrett 

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 73

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; signed, titled and with archival number [348] on reverse; with artist's studio address [14 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2] and David Hendriks Gallery framing label also on reverse
  • Medium: gouache
  • Dimensions: 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in.
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WICKLOW HILLS FROM RUSSBOROUGH, 1958
WICKLOW HILLS FROM RUSSBOROUGH, 1958
Derek Hill HRHA (1916-2000)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 74

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed with initial lower right; with title on reverse; also bearing inscription on reverse referencing the collection of Alfred and Clementine Beit, Russborough House, with artist's obituary ['Irish Times', 5 August, 2000] also affixed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 14 by 23cm., 5.5 by 9.25in.
  • In 1965 the Wexford Opera Festival presented an exhibition of work by Derek Hill. Among the works exhibited in this show were two scenes depicting the Beit residence, Russborough 1957 and Dinner at Russborough, 1959 both of which were lent to the exhibit from the collection of Sir Alfred Beit.

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MUCKISH
MUCKISH
Kenneth Webb RWA FRSA RUA (b.1927)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 75

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €0


COTTON BOG, WICKLOW
COTTON BOG, WICKLOW
Patrick Swift (1927-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 76

Published Estimate: €3500-4500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; with typed label detailing title and retrospective exhibition details affixed on the reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 47 by 30cm., 18.5 by 11.7 5in.
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'Patrick Swift 1927-1983', IMMA, Dublin, 2 December 1993 - 13 February 1994. no. 46
  • Swift’s retrospective exhibition, entitled ‘Patrick Swift 1927-1983’ was held in IMMA, Dublin, 2 December 1993 to 13 February 1994. Wicklow scenes in watercolour were among the works exhibited. Some studies were reference material for later works in oil. Others simply demonstrated the artist’s deft use of the wet-in-wet technique where by paint is applied to damp paper which results in the colours blending into each other. These atmospheric works were generally rapidly painted. Artist’s archive no. 194

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MAEVE, 1946
MAEVE, 1946
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 77

Published Estimate: €3500-4500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with Watercolour Society, Ireland exhibition label [inscribed], Arts Council of Northern Ireland exhibition label and The Arts Council of Ireland exhibition label all on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour with gouache over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 27 by 18cm., 10.5 by 7.25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Collection of Bruce Arnold; Private collection, Donegal; Whyte's, 21 February 2006, lot 145; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:WCSI Dublin, 1944, catalogue no. 94 [£3-3-0]; 'Gerard Dillion', Arts Council of Northern Ireland an An Chomhairle Ealaion Exhibition: Ulster Museum, Belfast, November - December 1972 and the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, January - February 1973, catalogue no. 21
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FISHERMEN, c.1940s
FISHERMEN, c.1940s
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 78

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €0


WOMAN IN BLACK STOCKINGS, 1956
WOMAN IN BLACK STOCKINGS, 1956
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 79

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed upper right; signed and dated again on reverse; with typed label on reverse, detailing inscriptions (now concealed beneath backing board)
  • Medium: pen and ink with gouache on paper
  • Dimensions: 39 by 62cm., 15.5 by 24.2 5in.
  • Further inscription on reverse reads, "Hommage a Wallace Wood, Kolle et Hall, BR 68".

    With artist's archival numbers [2254, 10,219] also on reverse

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PRAYER STONE, INISHMORE and ARAN COTTAGES, 1944 (A PAIR)
PRAYER STONE, INISHMORE and ARAN COTTAGES, 1944 (A PAIR)
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 80

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right and lower left respectively; with title on reverse (a pair)
  • Medium: ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 25 by 35cm., 9.75 by 13.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:European Modern Art, Clare Street Dublin; Private collection European Modern Art, Clare Street Dublin; Private collection
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:Basil Ivan Rakoczi 1908-1979, A Retrospective Exhibition', European Modern Art, Clare Street Dublin, June 1991, no. 29 ('Prayer Stones', 1944)
  • Dimensions of second work: 9.75 by 13.5ins. Framed uniformly.

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THE FAMILY
THE FAMILY
Nevill Johnson (1911-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 81

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €6800

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 51cm., 20 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Estate of Alan Malcolm Brush; Private collection
  • From around 1946, Nevill Johnson began to work on a succession of barren, post-apocalyptic landscapes which, in tone and execution, were evocative of the surrealist movement prevalent on the continent since the 1920s. The unnatural environment illustrated in The Family is replicated in similarly austere landscapes from this period such as A Voice Crying, Kilkeel and The Year of Grace, 1945. The artist’s technique is eerie and exact and his titles, many of which are biblical in nature, act as a foil to the desolated fruitless landscapes he depicts and demonstrate his acute disillusionment with the established church and state. The family unit here is represented by a menacing patriarchal figure which dominates the canvas to the left. The matriarchal figure, embodied in the pale, smooth, hollowed form stands firm flanked by her three off-spring; budding asparagus tips. There is clear humour in this work but more so is an overriding sense of isolation and vulnerability, which comes, either in the wake of a catastrophic event, or in anticipation of one which is yet to come.

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THE PIER, CASSIS
THE PIER, CASSIS
Dermod O'Brien PRHA HRA HRBA HRSA (1865-1945)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 82

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €950

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • South-East France was a favourite area for painting for the artist who visited the country during the 1920s staying for a time with William Crampton Gore RHA (1871-1946) at Montreuil-Sur-Mer. In 1929 two works by O’Brien depicting Cassis were exhibited at the Royal Society of British Artists.

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OLD COAST ROAD
OLD COAST ROAD
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 83

Published Estimate: €5000-6000

Price Realised: €7200

  • Signature: signed with initials lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 51cm., 16 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Collection of Sir James Sterling, UK; Private collection
  • This is the road to Clifden, Co. Galway.

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LOUGH CORRIB, COUNTY GALWAY
LOUGH CORRIB, COUNTY GALWAY
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA HRA HRSA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 84

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed lower right; with several original inscribed labels preserved on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Labels on reverse include; Victor Waddington framing label [28 South Anne Street]; Egan's Art Shop [4 Molesworth Street]; Millar & Beatty Ltd. [Grafton Street]. Inscriptions read, "Maurice MacGonigal 22 [?] Grove, Ranelagh Road or School of Art, Kildare Street Dublin". The second details partial title and possibly the then purchaser's details, "Mr & Mrs F. Hackett Co. Wicklow."

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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST, 1936
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST, 1936
Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 85

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: with inscribed Birmingham exhibition label detailing title and artist's address [9 Bridge Street, Arbroath, Angus] and price [£7-7-0] on reverse; with stamp of Roberson & Co. Ltd., London and James Bourlet & Sons framing labels also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 53 by 36cm., 21 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:A gift from the artist to the present owner's mother, a fellow student at the Dundee College of Art, c.1936
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:Birmingham Exhibition (sponsored by Messrs. Winsor & Newton Ltd.), 1936 [No. on Schedule: B] price [£7-7-0]
  • Patrick Hennessy was born in Cork in 1915 but immigrated with his family in 1920 to Scotland where he was raised and later educated at the Dundee College of Art. An exemplary student, he was awarded the Travelling Scholarship which afforded him exposure to art on the Continent in Paris and Rome. Later in 1939 he returned to Ireland and began his career as a professional painter. Over the course of his career, Hennessy exhibited a number of self-portraits, several of which were exhibited with the Hendriks Gallery Dublin for example, Seashells and Self Portrait, from November 1957 or a similarly titled, Self Portrait with Sea Shells, in his winter exhibition in 1967 or Self Portrait with Cat, the winter of 1978. Similar in composition to these other portraits, this work places the subject tight to the foreground with perspective created by the angular position of a window to the rear. The window is a recurring component in Hennessy’s portraiture and its placement here, tilted at an angle, is mimicked in the playful shapes created by the artist’s shirt-collar in the foreground. This is perhaps the artist’s earliest exhibited self-portrait to be offered at auction. Highly accomplished, this self-portrait was painted during Hennessy’s years as an art student in Scotland and pre-dates a similar work that was offered through Whyte’s on 17 February 2004, lot 155 which was dated c.1938. A portrait of the artist executed in watercolour from 1940 can also be found in the National Self-Portrait Collection, Limerick.

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PORTRAIT OF LIV HEMPEL (DAUGHTER OF THE GERMAN AMBASSADOR) 1939
PORTRAIT OF LIV HEMPEL (DAUGHTER OF THE GERMAN AMBASSADOR) 1939
Patrick Hennessy RHA (1915-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 86

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: inscribed with artist's name, sitter's details, location and date on reverse
  • Medium: pastel
  • Dimensions: 47 by 33cm., 18.5 by 13in.
  • The portrait is of Liv Hempel, the daughter of the envoy of Germany to the Irish Free State, Dr Eduard Hempel. The sitter, now aged 75, lives in New York. Dr Hempel was appointed to his post in Dublin by Adolf Hitler in 1937 and he continued to represent the Third Reich in Ireland until 1945. Hempel and his family were granted permission to stay in Ireland until 1950, when he returned to Germany to help set up the diplomatic service of the Federal Republic. Liv Hempel was educated privately and at Loreto Convent, Foxrock. She continued her education in Germany and emigrated to the USA in 1957. The house shown in the background was called “Gortleitragh”, located at Sloperton, near de Vesci Terrace, Dún Laoghaire, the official residence of the German envoy. It was here that both Taoiseach Eamon de Valera and President Douglas Hyde controversially presented their condolences on the death of Hitler. It was destroyed in an arson attack in the early 1950s and the remains demolished in 1955. In February of this year three interesting news stories concerning this picture and the sitter were written by Michael Parsons of The Irish Times. They can be found at www.irishtimes.com

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

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 87

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €750

  • 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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"HOLY MACKERAL" (CONNEMARA FISHERMAN, RENVYLE, WALSH), 1960
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 88

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on reverse with title, medium, artist's address [13 Stamer Street, Dublin 8] and exhibition details
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 61 by 51cm., 24 by 20in.
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:RHA, Dublin, 1971 (Holy Mackerel), no. 1 [£75-0-0]
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STUDY FOR AN ROINNT OR THE SHARE OUT
STUDY FOR AN ROINNT OR THE SHARE OUT
Sean Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 89

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €6200

  • Signature: signed lower right; with sketch of a hand on reverse; also inscribed "White 470" on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 43 by 57cm., 17 by 22.2 5in.
  • The painting called An Roinnt or The Share Out was shown in the RHA in 1942. We are grateful to Dr. Eimear O'Connor HRHA for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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STRANGFORD LOUGH, COUNTY DOWN
STRANGFORD LOUGH, COUNTY DOWN
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1947)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 90

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; with original inscribed label preserved on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 54 by 67cm., 21.2 5 by 26.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Whyte's, 22 February 2005, lot 28; Private collection
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"ON THE WAY TO DOOCHARRY"
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 91

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €15000


NORTH-EAST WIND ON THE ANTRIM COAST, 1938
NORTH-EAST WIND ON THE ANTRIM COAST, 1938
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 92

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €7200

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:RHA, 1938, no. 190 [£31-10-0]
  • Literature: Literature:Connell, George A., The Natural Talents of J.H. Craig, 'The Peoples' Artist', The Universities Press, Belfast, 1988, p. 65 (listed)
  • This painting was one of seven works exhibited by the artist at the RHA in 1938. The artist's address is listed in the RHA Index of Exhibitors as Dunedin, Antrim Road, Belfast. It was from this address in 1936 that the Committee of the Ulster Academy of Arts held its inaugural Academians 'At Homes'. During the early 1940s the heavy air raids severely damaged the Antrim Road area of Belfast. The Craigs' home did not escape the bombings and much of their furniture and paintings from this period were destroyed. The year this work was executed, 1938, was the year Craig's first illustrations were published in the text, In Praise of Ulster. The next book he would provide illustrations for, The Corrib Country, would not be printed until five years later.

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COTTAGE AT DUNSEVERICK, COUNTY ANTRIM
COTTAGE AT DUNSEVERICK, COUNTY ANTRIM
Maurice Canning Wilks RUA ARHA (1910-1984)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 93

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €4800


THREE TREES
THREE TREES
Charles Vincent Lamb RHA RUA (1893-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 94

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000


STEAMERS IN THE HARBOUR, ST. JEAN DE LUZ
STEAMERS IN THE HARBOUR, ST. JEAN DE LUZ
Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 95

Published Estimate: €30000-40000

Price Realised: €28000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 62 by 75cm., 24.2 5 by 29.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Adam's, Dublin, 1989, lot 30 Sotheby's Irish Sale, May 2003, lot 87; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: Exhibited: Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, 1920, no 187 (?)
  • With the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 the Laverys’ annual winter holidays in Tangier ceased and following the sinking of the Lusitania, the fear of U-boat attack for those risking the high seas was intense. By 1917 however, with relative safety restored to supply routes across the English Channel, and anticipating his forthcoming commission as an Official War Artist, John and Hazel Lavery embarked upon a spring holiday, travelling first to Paris, then south to the Duke of Westminster’s shooting lodge at Mimizan on the Atlantic coast, before finally repairing to the Grand Hotel de l’Angleterre at St Jean de Luz.(footnote 1) It was April and the town that, along with neighbouring Biarritz, had been a fashionable watering hole during the pre-war years was now merely a safe haven for ships travelling in convoy through the dangerous waters of the Bay of Biscay. During their stay, the spacious natural harbour was filled with Norwegian cargo vessels, their bows painted with the bold flags of neutrality.(footnote 2)

    While staying at St Jean de Luz, Lavery painted the famous Maison Louis XIV in the central square and, being close to the border, crossed into Spain to portray the Good Friday celebrations at Fuenterrabia.(footnote 3) However, his main task during the holiday was a suite of six pictures, all painted from the same location looking south over the bay. Each contains the strip of distant headland with its ancient tower. Throughout the series, the boats change position and the artist, echoing Cézanne on the motif at Mont St Victoire, only needed to move his line of sight to create a new composition. The two most typical examples The Harbour, St Jean de Luz, Early Morning, (Sheffield City Art Galleries), and Twilight, St Jean de Luz, (Private Collection), indicate the painter’s fascination with changing light effects.(footnote 4) Working throughout the day, Lavery was obliged to change his palette - the muted rosy hues of A Still Morning, the smallest picture in the sequence, giving way to the sharper ceruleans of the côté de l’atlantique in the present example. Both pictures show a marker buoy in the middle distance, denoting the area of safe anchorage. However, perhaps the closest comparison is provided by Norwegian Cargo Boats, a work that could almost act as a prelude to Steamers in Harbour since it suggests that the ships pulling out into the deep channel are setting off along the coast.

    Surveying this important interlude, it is impossible not to feel the implicit sense of liberation. Having been confined in London since his last visit to Tangier at the beginning of 1914, the painter hoped to ‘wash the studio light from his eyes’. Gazing on the majestic sweep of the bay at St Jean de Luz, he clearly recalled the early work of Whistler who on one occasion, painted on the shore at Biarritz. But it was the magical softness and fluidity of Whistler’s Valparaiso seascapes of 1867 that haunted him here, as the still morning turned to a bright, blustery midday and the coasters steamed off into hostile waters.

    Prof. Kenneth McConkey

    Northumberland, February, 2011

    Footnotes:

    1. Kenneth McConkey, John Lavery, A Painter and his World, 2010, (Edinburgh, Atletier Books), pp. 133-6. 2. See for instance, Norwegian Cargo Boats, sold Sotheby’s 6 March 2008. 3. The Procession, Fuentarrabia, 1917 is in the Merrion Hotel Collection, Dublin. Two other works are known from this part of the holiday: Jaixquibel, A Mountain in Spain, was sold Dreweatt-Neate, 18 September 2002; The Basque Country, formerly in the collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, is now in a private collection. 4. McConkey 2010, figs 156 and 157. In one further instance, The Sands, (Private Collection) the headland almost disappears as the painter observes children playing on the beach in the foreground. The tide has retreated and all the ships are gone in this case. All three pictures, like the present example, painted on Lavery’s preferred 25 x 30 inch canvases or canvasboards.

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NEAR BALLYCASTLE [COUNTY MAYO], c.1905
NEAR BALLYCASTLE [COUNTY MAYO], c.1905
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 96

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7800

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; with typed Waddington & Tooth Galleries exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 23 by 32cm., 9.25 by 12.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Waddington & Tooth Galleries Ltd., London; William Doyle, New York, 26 May 1999, lot 14; Adam's, 30 May 2001, lot 102; Private collection; Whyte's, 21 September 2004, lot 65; Private collection
  • Literature: Literature:Pyle, Hilary; 'Jack B. Yeats: His Watercolours, Drawings and Pastels', Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993 catalogue no. 652A
  • Hilary Pyle notes that Yeats stayed at Ballycastle in County Mayo in the summer of 1909, during which time he made numerous sketches, watercolours and oils. In particular he was impressed by the distinctive shape of Downpatrick Head and the formation of the rocky coastline.

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FIGURES IN A BOAT YARD
FIGURES IN A BOAT YARD
William Mason (1906-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 97

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Collection of George McClelland, Belfast; Private collection
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A GAME OF TUG-O'-WAR
A GAME OF TUG-O'-WAR
George Russell "AE" (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 98

Published Estimate: €12000-15000

Price Realised: €14000

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 36 by 46cm., 14 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Collection of Michael Freyer; Whyte's 29 November 2005, lot 5; Private collection
  • Michael and Jodie Freyer were firm friends and neighbours of Jack Butler Yeats in Fitzwilliam Square. Michael Freyer was a grandson of the distinguished surgeon Sir Peter Freyer and was proprietor of the Brown Jacket Bookshop in Baggot Street which the artist frequented.

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THE TURFCUTTER'S DONKEY by PATRICIA LYNCH
THE TURFCUTTER'S DONKEY by PATRICIA LYNCH
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 99

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed, dated [30 November, 1948] and with comical drawing of the artist at his easel painting a bucking donkey on the title page
  • Dimensions: 20 by 15cm., 8 by 5.75in.
  • J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., London. First published in 1934, p.p. 237. With illustrations by Jack Butler Yeats, five in colour and eight in black and white. In original illustrated cream-coloured boards and with original dust jacket. Also with newspaper clipping laid in recording the death of Yeats on 29 March, 1957.

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PORTRAIT OF HENRY GEORGE DUNLOP
PORTRAIT OF HENRY GEORGE DUNLOP
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 14 March 2011 / 100

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed upper left; with original inscribed John Magee, Belfast label on reverse
  • Medium: pencil and crayon on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 38 by 32cm., 15 by 12.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Purchased from the estate of the mother of the sitter by the present owner.
  • Inscription on label on reverse notes the sitter's age as "3 years and 5 months"

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