16 September 2003

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SAND DUNES AND SEA WITH SAILBOATS ON HORIZON
SAND DUNES AND SEA WITH SAILBOATS ON HORIZON
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 1

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: gouache and wax crayon on board
  • Dimensions: 18 by 24cm., 7.25 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: A gift from the artist to his friend William Baird; Thence by descent to the present owner
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LAGAN VALLEY
LAGAN VALLEY
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 2

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €2400

  • Signature: signed lower left; original inscribed Watercolour Society label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 23 by 29cm., 9 by 11.5in.
  • Exhibited: WCSI, 1943, catalogue no. 179 (£2-2-0)
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ROUNDSTONE, CONNEMARA
ROUNDSTONE, CONNEMARA
Hilda Roberts HRHA (1901-1982)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 3

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and gouache
  • Dimensions: 28 by 38cm., 11 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Ciarán MacGonigal
  • Exhibited: ‘Hilda Roberts HRHA: Paintings Drawings & Sculpture from early 1920s – 1978’, Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 25 May - 9 June 1979, catalogue no. 39
  • Inscribed on reverse: "View from Gorteen Graveyard towards Ellistrin [sic] with Toombeola beyond - site [of] Bulmer Hobson's grave & Maurice MacGonigal & his wife Aida".

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TABLE TOP STILL LIFE WITH HOUSE PLANT
TABLE TOP STILL LIFE WITH HOUSE PLANT
Tony O'Malley (1913-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 4

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: gouache on board
  • Dimensions: 33 by 41cm., 13 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Brigid Lalor, New Ross, Co. Wexford; Thence by descent
  • Painted c.1956-1960, when the artist was transferred to the New Ross branch of the Munster and Leinster Bank. Whilst there, O’Malley befriended Gabriel and Brigid Lalor who ran the ‘Penguin’ fish and chip shop in Charles Street. The Lalors acquired a number of O’Malley’s works and supplied much of the information relating to O’Malley’s Wexford period for the 1996 monograph on the artist, edited by Brian Lynch.

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TABLE TOP STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT AND BLUE BOTTLE
TABLE TOP STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT AND BLUE BOTTLE
Noel Sheridan (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 5

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1800


TABLE TOP STILL LIFE
TABLE TOP STILL LIFE
Piet Sluis (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 6

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 


FISHERMEN AT REST, PALO, SPAIN
FISHERMEN AT REST, PALO, SPAIN
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 7

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3600


ASLEEP IN A FISH
ASLEEP IN A FISH
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 8

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed and dated [1972] lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: pen and ink with aquarelle and coloured chalk on paper
  • Dimensions: 27 by 35cm., 10.5 by 13.7in.
  • Provenance: Private collection, France
  • No. 10.419 in the artist's oeuvre.

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MAN AND WOMAN IN A WOODED LANDSCAPE
MAN AND WOMAN IN A WOODED LANDSCAPE
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 9

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: €1700

  • Signature: authenticated by the artist's brother Arthur Campbell ARUA on reverse
  • Medium: pastel and crayon on board
  • Dimensions: 41 by 30cm., 16 by 12in.
  • Provenance: A gift from the artist to his friend William Baird; Thence by descent to the present owner
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HEAD OF A BOY and SELF PORTRAIT AT THE AGE OF 25 YEARS
HEAD OF A BOY and SELF PORTRAIT AT THE AGE OF 25 YEARS
John Langtry Lynas RUA (1879-1956)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 10

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: the former signed, inscribed and dated [1933] on reverse; the latter dated [1904] lower right and signed and inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: painted terracotta relief and a pen and ink drawing
  • Dimensions: 13 by 11cm., 5 by 4.5in.
  • Provenance: Both works presented by the artist to the Northern Irish MP, Mrs Irene Calvert, circa 1953 (see also Lots 28 and 191)
  • The drawing measures 8.75 x 5.5 inches and bears three labels: a Rodman’s (Belfast) framing label, a label inscribed in another hand mistakenly dating the work to 1909, and a typed label, reading: “Collected From: Miss R. Praeger, Rock Cottage, Craigavad, Holywood” (Sophia Rosamund Praeger - well known Ulster sculptor and illustrator). The terracotta relief is signed and inscribed by the artist on reverse: “Best Wishes To Mr & Mrs J Herbert Roland [?]/ Christmas 1934". Langtry Lynas was a Belfast portrait painter and sculptor whose work is well represented in the Ulster Museum. See Snoddy, pp. 354-355.

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A SWISS VILLAGE SCENE
A SWISS VILLAGE SCENE
Ronald Ossory Dunlop RA RBA NEAC (1894-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 11

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: 


FIGURES AT A MARKET, CZECHOSLOVAKIA
FIGURES AT A MARKET, CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 12

Published Estimate: €7,000-9,000

Price Realised: €10000

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • One of the most original of Ireland’s early modern artists, Mary Swanzy was strongly influenced by French modernism, particularly by Cézanne’s experiments with structure and form and by the bold colours of the Fauves. She also worked early on as a poster designer and illustrator, which gave her an understanding of the visual potency of the drawn line. The present work dates to shortly after World War One, when the artist visited her sister St Clair Swanzy, who was doing war relief work in Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. A number of paintings and sketches resulted from this trip and Eastern European landscapes featured in Swanzy’s exhibition at the Mills’ Hall, Dublin, in March 1919. In these paintings, Swanzy adopted a technique of “drawing” with oil paint, dragging a lightly loaded brush over small sheets of canvas, as if it were a stick of charcoal or a pencil. In the present case the canvas is unstretched – possibly as this provided a flat, transportable surface analogous to a sheet of paper (it may alternatively have been cut from the stretcher at a later date). A very similar composition, A Czechoslovakian Market Scene, was exhibited at Pym’s Gallery, London in Autumn 1989 and May 1998, whilst another work of the same period, Czechoslovakian Street Scene, formerly in the collection of Dr Eileen MacCarvill (Mainie Jellett’s biographer), appeared for sale at De Vere’s in December 1991.

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YOUNG BOY STANDING AT THE WATER'S EDGE
YOUNG BOY STANDING AT THE WATER'S EDGE
Norman Garstin (1847-1926)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 13

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €2800


BOGLAND STREAM
BOGLAND STREAM
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 14

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €3800

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 17 by 25cm., 6.75 by 9.75in.
  • Provenance: Presented by the artist to the present owner, now a centenarian, when she was at the Slieve Donard Hotel, circa 1915-1920.
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PASTORAL SCENE WITH CATTLE BEFORE A CHURCH and CATTLE GRAZING (A PAIR)
PASTORAL SCENE WITH CATTLE BEFORE A CHURCH and CATTLE GRAZING (A PAIR)
Alethea Garstin (1894-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 15

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: €1400

  • Signature: signed lower left and lower right respectively
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 28 by 38cm., 11 by 15in.
  • Daughter of the Limerick artist Norman Garstin (1847-1926), Alethea painted from childhood and had her first picture hung at the Royal Academy when she was a mere eighteen years of age. She travelled the world in search of artistic subject matter, often accompanied by either her father or by Dod Proctor. She is best remembered for her contribution to the Newlyn School of painting. A retrospective exhibition was held in Dublin at the National Gallery in 1978, the year of her death, while more recently the Molesworth Gallery exhibited works from her studio.

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SANDCASTLES
SANDCASTLES
George Russell "AE" (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 16

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed with monogram lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 53cm., 16 by 21in.
  • This painting is most likely to have been inspired and painted at Marble Hill in Co. Donegal. Æ spent many of his summer holidays from about 1904 until his last visit in 1934 in the area, either as a guest of the Law family - whom he knew well - or as a paying guest in cottages nearby. The ‘river in the sand’ which appears in many of his Donegal paintings, is a feature of Marble Hill strand, although what was once a considerable flow of water is now little more than a trickle. Æ dedicated a copy of his book Enchantment and Other Poems to a friend with one of his characteristic drawings and the following words: “…this is the ‘fawn-coloured shore’ where many of my verses were written. It is at Marble Hill strand, Dunfanaghy and it is my Earthly Paradise”. Enchantment is the title of a poem Æ wrote about Marble Hill. In this painting, Æ has depicted a fawn coloured shore where three children are just completing an elaborate sand castle. The girl on the right holds a flag high in the air with both hands – possibly about to place the flag in triumph on the top of the sandcastle. Or has she, perhaps, mischievously whisked the flag from the top of the castle? Æ loved to paint children at play and is well known to have included in many of his paintings the children of Hugh Law, Nationalist MP for West Donegal and his artist wife, Lota. Æ often painted with Lota Law during his visits to Donegal. Anecdotes tell of Æ holding informal exhibitions at the end of his holidays in Donegal and inviting friends and local people to look at, and purchase, his paintings to supplement his income. Diana Beale, August 2003 (who is preparing a book on Æ as a painter)

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NEIFIN MOUNTAIN FROM ACHILL
NEIFIN MOUNTAIN FROM ACHILL
Dorothy Blackham (1896-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 17

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on masonite board
  • Dimensions: 46 by 56cm., 18 by 22in.
  • The label on reverse gives the artist’s address as 53 Moat Street, Donaghadee. Blackham lived here from 1964 until her death in 1975, shortly after which both the Queen’s University, Belfast and the Neptune Gallery, Dublin, held retrospective exhibitions of her work. See Snoddy, pp. 35-36.

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DUBLIN BAY
DUBLIN BAY
Estella Francis Solomons HRHA (1882-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 18

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €4200


WESTPORT HARBOUR, COUNTY MAYO
WESTPORT HARBOUR, COUNTY MAYO
Anne King-Harman (1919-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 19

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,200

Price Realised: €1000


COTTAGES ON ACHILL ISLAND
COTTAGES ON ACHILL ISLAND
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 20

Published Estimate: €15,000-18,000

Price Realised: €16000


MAN WITH ACCORDIAN
MAN WITH ACCORDIAN
Evie Hone (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 21

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €5200

  • Medium: silkscreen print hand-finished in gouache
  • Dimensions: 42 by 25cm., 16.5 by 10in.
  • Literature: Anne Varichony, Albert Gleizes: A Catalogue Raisonné, Vol. II, Somogy Editions, Paris, 1998, pp.802-803 (illustrated)
  • Formerly attributed to Albert Gleizes (Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett’s cubist master and collaborator), this work was identified by Varichony as one of “une excellente série de pochoirs”, which Hone made whilst staying at the artists’ colony, Moly-Sabata (Varichony, op. cit., p. 803). The colony was based in a large, eighteenth century building on the Rhône – a former staging post for river barges. Another of Gleizes’ pupils, Robert Pouyaud, converted the building into studio space in the summer of 1927. He was shortly joined by Hone and Jellett and later the Australian potter Anne Dangar. The group were concerned to make the centre a financial success and to that end attempted to augment their income by the sale of pochoirs, which, as Bruce Arnold notes, “various collectors sought at the time and which were also sold in Paris”. The vogue for pochoirs was chiefly due to the large degree of artistic input in their creation with pochoirs, it was difficult to cut stencils fine enough to produce thin lines and small areas of definition, and these had consequently to be painted in by hand.

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TURN WITH BLUE
TURN WITH BLUE
Alicia Boyle RBA (1908-1997)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 22

Published Estimate: €700-900

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: signed and dated [1953] upper right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 25 by 15cm., 10 by 6in.
  • Exhibited: 'Alicia Boyle: New Paintings', Leger Gallery, London, November 1953
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LADY IN AN INTERIOR
LADY IN AN INTERIOR
André Lhote (1885-1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 23

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: gouache on board
  • Dimensions: 22 by 28cm., 8.5 by 11in.
  • Provenance: André Lhote Studio Sale; Collection of Nicolas Tournier; Clifton Fine Art, London; Private collection, London
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WINDOWSILL STILL LIFE WITH OIL LAMP AND CHRYSANTHEMUMS
WINDOWSILL STILL LIFE WITH OIL LAMP AND CHRYSANTHEMUMS
Evie Hone (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 24

Published Estimate: €20,000-30,000

Price Realised: €26000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 91cm., 24 by 36in.
  • Provenance: With a former framing label of the Waddington Galleries, Dublin, on reverse
  • Windowsill Still Life was most probably painted circa 1920 at the home of Evie Hone’s sister, in Gloucestershire, England. It is an extremely rare, early work, in which can be seen the influence of the Ukrainian artist Bernard Meninsky (1891-1950), under whom Hone studied for a brief period at the Central School of Arts and Crafts in London, shortly after the First World War. The shallow spatial recession and abbreviated forms suggest Meninsky’s impact on the young artist and show her to have already pulled away from the gentle British impressionism of Sickert and the New English Art Club painters. Already on the ‘brink’ of cubism, her work was shortly to undergo a dramatic change when, at the advice of Meninsky and in the company of Maine Jellett, she travelled to Paris in 1920, there to study under André Lhote and Albert Gleizes. (With thanks to Mr & Mrs Oliver Hone for their kind assistance in dating this work).

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PORTRAIT OF JAMES MAGUIRE IN NATIONAL SERVICE UNIFORM, HAMMERSMITH
PORTRAIT OF JAMES MAGUIRE IN NATIONAL SERVICE UNIFORM, HAMMERSMITH
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 25

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 48 by 41cm., 19 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Family of the sitter, Wiltshire
  • James Maguire was a friend of Dillon’s in London, part of the teeming artistic circle that gathered around Dillon in Abbey Road. According to Maguire’s widow, he was introduced to Dillon circa 1955 by a mutual friend, Pat Kelly, a gregarious Belfast-man who, like Dillon, worked periodically on construction sites in London. (For more on the Abbey Road circle, see James White, Gerard Dillon: An Illustrated Biography, Wolfhound Press, 1994, pp. 50, 63).

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URBAN LANDSCAPE WITH BROKEN CART
URBAN LANDSCAPE WITH BROKEN CART
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 26

Published Estimate: €800-1,000

Price Realised: €750


GALWAY FARMER
GALWAY FARMER
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 27

Published Estimate: €3,500-4,500

Price Realised: €3900

  • Signature: signed with initials lower left
  • Medium: watercolour on artist's board
  • Dimensions: 17 by 12cm., 6.5 by 4.75in.
  • Exhibited: 'Spring Exhibition', The Frederick Gallery, Dublin, 2000, catalogue no. 9
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FARM AT BOARDMILLS, COUNTY DOWN
FARM AT BOARDMILLS, COUNTY DOWN
Basil Blackshaw RHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 28

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €25000

  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 41 by 51cm., 16 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Mrs Irene Calvert MP; Thence by descent
  • Farm at Boardmills, Co. Down is one of Blackshaw’s earliest works, dating from shortly after he left the Belfast College of Art. The subject is the artist’s home at Boardmills, near Ballynahinch in Co. Down, where he grew up. Although an early work, the overall concept of the composition and the handling of the paint have many characteristics of his oeuvre in general. Stylistically, in terms of colour and handling of paint, it recalls his Men, Sea and Moon, of 1952 (Arts Council of Northern Ireland), and just predates the Expressionism of pictures such as The Field, 1953 (Ulster Museum), which preoccupied him until the early 1960s. The influence of Colin Middleton (1910-1983) seems apparent in Farm at Boardmills and thus links Blackshaw to an earlier generation of Ulster painters who, in the 1930s, first introduced to the province a rigorous Modernism, emphasizing forms, structural relationships and varying degrees of abstraction and eschewing the academic Impressionism that then represented accepted convention. Of these painters, Middleton and John Luke (1906-1975) are the best known, although Kathleen Bridle (1897-1989), John Hunter (1893-1951) and R. C. Toogood (1902-1966) should also be remembered. These artists, who styled themselves the Ulster Unit, held one successful exhibition, in December 1934, but thereafter were eclipsed until, in the mid-1940s, Gerard Dillon (1916-1971), George Campbell (1917-1979) and Dan O’Neill (1920-1974), with their interest in more social concerns, burst upon the scene. But R. C. Toogood, who had been a leading light with the Ulster Unit was by then teaching at the Belfast College of Art and it was there, in the late 1940s, that he encountered amongst his students the still younger generation of Blackshaw, T. P. Flanagan (b.1929) and their contemporaries. Through Toogood and the College of Art the formalism of the Ulster Unit came to influence these young men. Thus, the emphasis on structure, the architectural sense of space and the emphasis on forms and materials - note, for example the use made of dryish paint dragged over the resistant surface of the panel - evident in Farm at Boardmills, can be read in this context. Overall the darkish hues typify Blackshaw at the time as does the subdued mood of the scene. The tension evident in the contrast between the highly structured composition and the lack of any overt human presence in Farm at Boardmills also typifies much of his early work and refers to Giacometti (1901-1966), from whom he learned to analyse and manipulate structure and intensity of expression, producing, in Kenneth Jamison’s phrase, works (like Farm at Boardmills) that are “taut as high tension wires in a summer landscape”. The original owner of the picture, Irene Calvert, was President of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce and an Independent MP at Stormont. She was a friend of the artist and indeed opened his first ever exhibition, a joint show with Martin MacKeown, at the CEMA Gallery, Belfast, in October 1952. The Farm at Boardmills picture appears never to have been exhibited in public. Dr S. B. Kennedy Belfast, August 2003

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STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE
George Campbell RHA RUA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 29

Published Estimate: €2,000-2,500

Price Realised: €2600

  • Signature: inscribed gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: mixed media
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Purchased by T. P. Fleming Esq from the Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, April 1966; Private collection, Dublin
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CITYSCAPE
CITYSCAPE
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 30

Published Estimate: €1,500-1,800

Price Realised: €1500


MAN LEAVING A PUB
MAN LEAVING A PUB
Hector McDonnell (b.1947)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 31

Published Estimate: €2,500-3,500

Price Realised: €3800

  • Signature: signed, dated [1980] and inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 36 by 46cm., 14 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Fischer Fine Art Ltd, whence purchased by Mrs Yan-Kit Martin, Darmstadt, Germany; Private collection, Ireland
  • Exhibited: "Hector McDonnell: Recent Work", Fischer Fine Art, London, 18 September - 17 October 1980, catalogue no. 10 (label on reverse)
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BACKYARDS, DOWNPATRICK
BACKYARDS, DOWNPATRICK
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 32

Published Estimate: €20,000-30,000

Price Realised: €28000

  • Signature: signed lower left; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Exhibited: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1953, catalogue no. 126 (£52-0-0) where it was listed as Backyard, Downpatrick, (£52-0-0)
  • Around 1948-49, O’Neill visited Paris for the first time and there finally encountered the works of artists such as Utrillo and Vlaminck, previously known to him only through book and magazine reproductions. As S. B. Kennedy has noted, “the trip came as a revelation to him and, by the time he returned, his work had been transformed”. It also marked the beginning of a series of streetscapes, the best known of which are Place du Tertre (1949) in the Ulster Museum, and Rue de Paris, illustrated in the first issue of Envoy magazine in 1949. The two Parisian scenes have much in common with Backyards, Downpatrick. The three were all painted in winter and thus feature the silhouetted forms of deciduous trees, their dark brown bare branches lightly stroked in, lending a temporality and poignancy to each of the scenes. All three works are also composed on a slight diagonal, with a jumble of building façades and gables pressing in towards an area of pavement in the immediate foreground. Each work also relies heavily on a restricted palette - what Cecil fFrench Salkeld identified as O’Neill’s “French colouring” of red, white and blue, overlaid with rich yellow glazes. These glazes lend O’Neill’s works their muted luminosity, or what the Irish Times critic described as “the golden glow” of Backyards Downpatrick (see The Irish Times, 13 August 1953).

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STILL LIFE
STILL LIFE
Gladys Maccabe HRUA ROI FRSA (b.1918)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 33

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: €3800


TABLE TOP STILL LIFE WITH BOTTLES
TABLE TOP STILL LIFE WITH BOTTLES
Ronald Ossory Dunlop RA RBA NEAC (1894-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 34

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: 


LANDSCAPE WITH WOODS AND ROCKS BY WATER
LANDSCAPE WITH WOODS AND ROCKS BY WATER
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 35

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,200

Price Realised: €1700

  • Signature: authenticated by the artist's brother Arthur Campbell ARUA on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and coloured chalk on paper
  • Dimensions: 19 by 25cm., 7.5 by 9.75in.
  • Provenance: Gift from the artist to William Baird; Thence by descent
  • Painted on the reverse of a printed cartoon captioned "Childher" also by Campbell.

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NIGHT SKY
NIGHT SKY
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 36

Published Estimate: €20,000-30,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed upper right; inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 46 by 36cm., 18 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin; Whence purchased by Alfred Ernest Goodwin, founder of The Goodwin Gallery, Limerick; Thence by descent
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UNTITLED
UNTITLED
Barrie Cooke HRHA (b.1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 37

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €4200


LANGOUSTINES
LANGOUSTINES
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 38

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed, dated [1961] and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 72 by 91cm., 28.5 by 36in.
  • Provenance: Private collection, France
  • No. 29111 in the artist's oeuvre.

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TROPICAL FISH, BERMUDA
TROPICAL FISH, BERMUDA
Barrie Cooke HRHA (b.1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 39

Published Estimate: €1,200-1,500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated [1970] lower right; exhibition labels on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour on ruled graph paper
  • Dimensions: 27 by 20cm., 10.5 by 8in.
  • Provenance: Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Collection of Ciarán MacGonigal
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MISS KITT
MISS KITT
Colin Middleton MBE RHA (1910-1983)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 40

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €12000

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right
  • Medium: mixed media on board
  • Dimensions: 64 by 76cm., 25 by 30in.
  • Unlike a number of his close contemporaries such as Nevill Johnson, Gerard Dillon and Arthur Armstrong, Colin Middleton appears to have used collage very rarely, which makes it all the more remarkable that it is handled here with such skill and confidence. Middleton builds up layers of painted and glazed newspaper that integrate well with the heavily worked and highly abstracted image of the two figures. These are flattened and broken down into loosely geometric shapes in a manner typical of his innovative and experimental approach to the figure from the later 1950s. This was very much of its time; artists such as William Scott and Louis le Broquy were producing work in the later 1950s and early 1960s that is not dissimilar. Middleton’s own depictions of the figure were often dominated by a Picasso-esque visual playfulness and the pieces of newspaper cut up and used here, while possibly an accidental choice, do create an unusual and light-hearted atmosphere, carrying a variety of political news, sports reports, film listings and more unexpected and amusing messages, such as “This is Miss Kitt / The Girl / Who Likes / To Travel”, which is in a part of one of the figures and perhaps related to it. Dickon Hall Killinchy, August 2003

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LONDON AGAIN
LONDON AGAIN
Camille Souter HRHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 41

Published Estimate: €7,000-9,000

Price Realised: €8500

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; titled and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on paper
  • Dimensions: 46 by 61cm., 18 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin
  • Camille Souter first came to London in 1948 to train as a nurse. While studying there she took the opportunity to visit as many exhibitions and concerts as possible. It was, she recalls “the most wonderful education I ever had” . When she arrived she still went by the name of Betty Pamela Holmes. By 1951 she had married the Old Vic actor Gordon Souter. Her first husband is said to have nicknamed her “Camille” as an allusion to the tubercular heroine of Alexander Dumas’ La Dame aux Camelias. After completing her nursing studies, she almost immediately began to paint full-time. In London, Betty Pamela Holmes, the nurse, became Camille Souter, the bohemian artist. During the mid-fifties she left the city, dividing her time between Italy and Ireland. On her way to Italy in 1958, she found herself in “London Again” for a brief three days. This work is almost certainly based on that experience. From a technical perspective the painting is typical of her style at the time. The artist has achieved a range of subtle textures by pressing a sheet of paper or rags against the surface. It is almost an “all-over” painting, in the sense that no one area of the work seems immediately more important than another. As a result the exact representational content remains illusive. The yellow-orange colour at the centre of the work may describe street-lights. The atmosphere is almost reminiscent of T.S. Elliot’s Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock and “The yellow fog that rubs its back against the window-panes / The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window panes”. The analogy with a window may not be inappropriate either. A year earlier the artist had produced some views from windows in Dublin. Nevertheless, it is impossible to offer a definitive interpretation. Quote from an interview with the artist, March 1998. Garrett Cormican

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STILL LIFE III
STILL LIFE III
Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1984)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 42

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; original exhibition labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 18 by 24cm., 7 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Mercury Gallery, London; whence purchased by Alistair McAlpine; Private collection, Northern Ireland
  • Exhibited: Mercury Gallery, London, February 1968, catalogue no. 17
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DISTANT BOG
DISTANT BOG
Patrick Scott HRHA (b.1921)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 43

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: tempera on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 76cm., 24 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Collection of entrepreneurial retailer and art collector, the late Stanley Marcus, Dallas, Texas; Private collection, Northern Ireland
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LANDSCAPE, FAMINE SERIES
LANDSCAPE, FAMINE SERIES
Brian Bourke HRHA (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 44

Published Estimate: €4,000-5,000

Price Realised: €6000


STUDY 21 (HEAD OF W.B. YEATS)
STUDY 21 (HEAD OF W.B. YEATS)
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 45

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €14000

  • Signature: signed with initials and dated [1975] lower right; original exhibition label on reverse charcoal on paper
  • Medium: charcoal on paper
  • Dimensions: 23 by 18cm., 9 by 7in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Mr J. O'Connor; Private collection, Dublin
  • Exhibited: 'Louis le Brocquy; +A la recherche de W.B. Yeats: Cent Portraits Imaginaires', Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, 15 October - 28 November 1976, catalogue no. 21 (label on reverse)
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THE TAIN - BATTLE FIELD
THE TAIN - BATTLE FIELD
Louis le Brocquy HRHA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 46

Published Estimate: €30,000-40,000

Price Realised: €36000

  • Signature: signed and inscribed with title and edition No.2 on label sewn on reverse
  • Medium: Aubusson wool tapestry; Atelier René Douche
  • Dimensions: 182 by 128cm., 71.5 by 50.5 in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Galleries, November 2000
  • Literature: Thomas Agnew & Sons, Louis le Brocquy: Aubusson Tapestries, Agnew's, London, 2001, unpaginated (illustrated)
  • One of a series of 22 tapestries entitled “THE TÁIN”. Issued in a limited edition of 9 plus two artist's proofs. “I hope that these images from Táin Bó Cuailgne, transmuted into the woven forms of tapestry, may be seen as a tribute to the poet Thomas Kinsella, who inspired them and to the devoted publisher and designer, Liam Miller, who gave them their original coherence” – Louis le Brocquy, Aubusson Tapestries, Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd, London, 2001.

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SUBSTRATA ECHO
SUBSTRATA ECHO
Patrick Dolan (1926-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 47

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €1900

  • Signature: signed and inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil and mixed media on hessian
  • Dimensions: 102 by 91cm., 40 by 36in.
  • Provenance: Queen Square Gallery, Leeds (label on reverse)
  • Irish-born abstract painter, Dolan studied at the Architectural Association in London in the 1950s and was a friend and associate of Francis Bacon. He later became a senior lecturer at the Cardiff School of Art in Wales and had several solo and joint exhibitions at Gallery 67, Rawlinksy Gallery and the Belgrave Gallery, London. Like so many of the abstract painters of his generation – including Tony O’Malley – he joined the artists’ community in St. Ives, Cornwall in the 1960s, remaining there until his death.

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GREY DIPTYCH WITH FOUR LINES (I)
GREY DIPTYCH WITH FOUR LINES (I)
Felim Egan (b.1952)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 48

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €3800

  • Signature: signed and dated [1983] on reverse
  • Medium: acrylic on canvas
  • Dimensions: 81 by 41cm., 32 by 16in.
  • Exhibited: "Felim Egan", Oliver Dowling Gallery, 27 May - 11 June 1983, catalogue no. 10 (label on reverse)
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NASSAU, BAHAMAS
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 49

Published Estimate: €6,000-7,000

Price Realised: €5200


DANCE
DANCE
John Shinnors (b.1950)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 16 September 2003 / 50

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €12000

  • Signature: signed both lower left and lower right
  • Medium: oil and crayon on board
  • Dimensions: 38 by 51cm., 15 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner
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