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CORK TEASHOP INTERIOR, circa 1954
CORK TEASHOP INTERIOR, circa 1954
Sylvia Cooke-Collis (1900-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 1

Published Estimate: €1,800-2,200

Price Realised: €2700

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; inscribed and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 38 by 46cm., 15 by 18in.
  • Exhibited: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin, 1954, catalogue no. 123 (£21-0-0)
  • Literature: Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists 20th Century, Merlin, 2002, page 112
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CIRCUS HORSES AT CASTLETOWNROCHE, COUNTY CORK
CIRCUS HORSES AT CASTLETOWNROCHE, COUNTY CORK
Sylvia Cooke-Collis (1900-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 2

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: €2400

  • Medium: watercolour and gouache over pencil
  • Dimensions: 41 by 56cm., 16.2 by 22in.
  • Exhibited: Almost certainly exhibited as Circus Horses at the Dublin Painters Gallery, St Stephen's Green, 1949, catalogue no. 20 (£13-0-0); ’Paintings in Oils and Gouache by Sylvia Cooke-Collis’, Grafton Gallery, Dublin, May 1949, catalogue no. 17 (13 gns)
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BALLYCOTTON HARBOUR, COUNTY CORK
BALLYCOTTON HARBOUR, COUNTY CORK
Sylvia Cooke-Collis (1900-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 3

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: €3200

  • Medium: watercolour and gouache
  • Dimensions: 37 by 53cm., 14.5 by 21in.
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at the WCSI, Dublin, 1950, catalogue no. 109 (£15-15-0)
  • The lighthouse in the distance marks the peak of Ballycotton Island.

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FISHERMEN MENDING NETS, COUNTY CORK
FISHERMEN MENDING NETS, COUNTY CORK
Sylvia Cooke-Collis (1900-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 4

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,200

Price Realised: €1200


MURDER IN THE RHUBARB, circa 1943
MURDER IN THE RHUBARB, circa 1943
Sylvia Cooke-Collis (1900-1973)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 5

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature:  signed with initials lower right
  • Medium: watercolour and gouache
  • Dimensions: 28 by 48cm., 11 by 19in.
  • Exhibited: Dublin Painters Gallery, St Stephen’s Green, 1943, catalogue no. 48 (£7-0-0); ’Paintings and Fantasies by Sylvia Cooke-Collis’, Dublin Painters Gallery, Dublin, 1-14 November 1944, catalogue no. 36 (£6-6-0)
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TINKERS IN FIRELIGHT
TINKERS IN FIRELIGHT
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 6

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €10500


STILL LIFE WITH CANDLESTICK
STILL LIFE WITH CANDLESTICK
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 7

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €3700


THE CRUCIFIXION - DESIGN FOR CHURCH AT DOWNE, KENT, circa 1950
THE CRUCIFIXION - DESIGN FOR CHURCH AT DOWNE, KENT, circa 1950
Evie Hone HRHA(1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 8

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; label on reverse inscribed by Leo Smith of the Dawson Gallery
  • Medium: gouache and black crayen
  • Dimensions: 27 by 23cm., 10.7 by 9in.
  • Original design for a three light window commissioned by Robin Darwin for the parish church of St Mary the Virgin at Downe, Kent (now outer London), depicting Christ on the cross with Mary and St John. The window was completed in 1950.

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THE PASSION, 1941
THE PASSION, 1941
Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 9

Published Estimate: €1,000-1,500

Price Realised: €1000


MEGALTIHIC TOMB
MEGALTIHIC TOMB
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 10

Published Estimate: €6,000-8,000

Price Realised: €8200

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 36 by 46cm., 14 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Contents sale of 19 Raceview Road, Broughshane, Ballymena, Co. Antrim, conducted by James H. McKinney & Son, August 1989; Private collection
  • Relates to the artist’s 1963 composition, Where Oengus Og Magnificently Dwells, which sold through these rooms in November 2003 (lot 59). The title of the larger composition links both works to the megalithic tomb at Newgrange, where the mythological figure of Oengus Og traditionally lived.

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MUIRDEACH'S CROSS, MONASTERBOICE
MUIRDEACH'S CROSS, MONASTERBOICE
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 11

Published Estimate: €2,500-3,500

Price Realised: €2100

  • Signature: signed lower right; gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: pen, ink and wash
  • Dimensions: 36 by 23cm., 14 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Private collection
  • Muirdeach's Cross is located at Monasterboice, Co. Louth.

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HEAD OF WOMAN, THOUGHT TO BE MOLLY REID
HEAD OF WOMAN, THOUGHT TO BE MOLLY REID
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 12

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €3000

  • Signature:  signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 56 by 40cm., 22 by 15.7in.
  • Painted early 1920's. Molly Reid was the artist's elder sister. With thanks to both Austin Greene and Declan Mallon for their help in identifying the sitter.

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ADORATION OF THE MADONNA AND CHILD
ADORATION OF THE MADONNA AND CHILD
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 13

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €8000


PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, circa 1935
PORTRAIT OF A GIRL, circa 1935
May Guinness (1863-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 14

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €1700

  • Signature: exhibition label on reverse inscribed with title, artist's address (Tibradden, Rathfarnham) and original price (£6-6-0)
  • Medium: Pastel, watercolour and gouache
  • Dimensions: 30 by 24cm., 11.7 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Mrs Lloyd,Dublin until the early 1980's; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Exhibited: WCSI, Dublin, 1935, catalogue no. 150 (£6-6-0)
  • With the label of Daniel Egan, frame maker, 38 St Stephen's Green, on reverse.

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WOMAN'S HEAD
WOMAN'S HEAD
Seán Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 15

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: 


BUNBEG, COUNTY DONEGAL, circa 1949
BUNBEG, COUNTY DONEGAL, circa 1949
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 16

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €25000

  • Signature: signed with initials lower left; original inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 50 by 60cm., 19.7 5 by 23.5in.
  • Exhibited: Oireachtas Art Exhibition, Dublin, 1949, catalogue no. 41
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CHINESE REFLECTIONS
CHINESE REFLECTIONS
Kathleen Fox (1880-1963)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 17

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title on reverse by Leo Smith of the Dawson Gallery
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 43 by 53cm., 17 by 21in.
  • Kathleen Fox was one of Sir William Orpen’s most gifted protégés at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art, and worked for a period as his studio assistant. As a student she excelled in all areas including enamelling, for which she won a gold medal in the National Competition of 1908, and stained glass, examples of which she exhibited at the Mansion House in 1910. The following year she debuted at the RHA with Science and Power, a portrait of sculptor Albert Power RHA at work on the statues for the College of Science façade. This painting is now in the Hugh Lane Gallery. A further eighty works were exhibited at the RHA, many of them still life and interiors, although she also painted portraits and figure compositions. The present work owes much to Orpen’s Reflections: China and Japan of 1902 (Hugh Lane Gallery, Lane Gift 1912), in which a Chinese figurine and Japanese porcelain bowl are reflected on a black lacquered surface. Throughout her career Fox painted other works on a similar theme with such punning titles as Painted China (1906), Japan Reflections (1920), Chinese China (1921) and Mirth in China (1946).

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ROSE
ROSE
Lady Beatrice Glenavy RHA (1881-1970)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 18

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €6500

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; inscribed with title, price (£16) and artist's address (Rockbrook House, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin) on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 38 by 28cm., 15 by 11in.
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CUSHENDALL, COUNTY ANTRIM
CUSHENDALL, COUNTY ANTRIM
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 19

Published Estimate: €8,000-10,000

Price Realised: €11500

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on remains of label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 30 by 43cm., 12 by 17in.
  • Provenance: William Rodman & Co., Belfast; Private collection, Florida; Shannon's, Connecticut; Private collection
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REFLECTIONS: KILCOCK
REFLECTIONS: KILCOCK
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 20

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; inscribed with title, artist's name and address (Font Hill, Palmerstown, Co. Dublin) on reverse
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 30 by 34cm., 11.7 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Gallery, London; Private collection
  • Painted circa 1919-1934 according to the address given on reverse. Kilcock is a village on the Royal Canal in Co. Kildare.

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BOGLAND RIVER AND TURF STACKS, 1907
BOGLAND RIVER AND TURF STACKS, 1907
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 21

Published Estimate: €2,500-3,500

Price Realised: €5600


LOUGH MELVIN FROM NEAR BUNDORAN
LOUGH MELVIN FROM NEAR BUNDORAN
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 22

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4500


BOGLAND LANDSCAPE WITH TREES AND MOUNTAINS BEYOND
BOGLAND LANDSCAPE WITH TREES AND MOUNTAINS BEYOND
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 23

Published Estimate: €5,000-7,000

Price Realised: €8000

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 24 by 35cm., 9.5 by 13.7in.
  • Provenance: Miss Hannah McGrath, Medical Hall, Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary; Thence by descent to her neice
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COTTAGE BY A LAKE
COTTAGE BY A LAKE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 24

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €6200

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 24 by 34cm., 9.5 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Miss Hannah McGrath, Hill Cottage, Carrick-on-Suir, Co. Tipperary; Thence by descent to her neice
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SUNLIGHT OVER BAY, 1907
SUNLIGHT OVER BAY, 1907
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 25

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €12000


TWO WOMEN ON A ROCK LEDGE ABOVE A POOL
TWO WOMEN ON A ROCK LEDGE ABOVE A POOL
George Russell `AE' Æ (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 26

Published Estimate: €10,000-12,000

Price Realised: €10000


THE DUST MAN - STUDY FOR THE KEY MEN
THE DUST MAN - STUDY FOR THE KEY MEN
Seán Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 27

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €15000

  • Signature: inscribed on reverse: "The Dust-Man", "The Golden Dustman" and GB Shaw's dustman admirer & friend"
  • Medium: pastel and charcoal on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 66 by 48cm., 26 by 19in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent
  • Study for The Key Men, c.1948-50 (Institute of Engineers in Ireland). Seán Keating was an engineer at heart, in his manner of constructing a painting or drawing, and in his life-long interest in mechanics and machinery. His name is synonymous with the ‘Shannon Scheme’, a project that harnessed the power of the river Shannon at Ardnacrusha in County Limerick in the late 1920s in order to provide hydro-powered electricity to Ireland. The epitome of modernity and modernisation, the scheme was built using cranes and machinery that were powered by steam. The ‘Shannon Scheme’ was undertaken in partnership with the German engineering firm Siemans, and it became an important advertisement of the intellectual capability of the Irish Free State. In the 1940s, the Irish Government began a phased project to build a new damn and reservoir on the river Liffey at Poulaphouca, near Blessington in County Wicklow. Again attracted by the sheer enormity and modernity of the project, and the machinery and engineering on site, Keating painted a series of images of the ‘Poulaphouca Scheme’. The Red Dumper formed part of this series and was exhibited, courtesy of the ESB, in the inaugural Irish Exhibition of Living Art in 1943. It is evident by the mountainous landscape and the inclusion of a diesel operated dumper truck in the bottom right of the image, that Keating’s The Key Men, c.1948-1950, was painted as part of the ‘Poulaphouca Scheme’ series. Advertising both himself as an artist and the post-colonial Irish Free State at home and abroad, Keating was always anxious after the cessation of the Civil War in 1923, to illustrate different Irish ‘types’, in order to exemplify new modern Ireland, populated and governed by ordinary, hard working, and importantly, non-violent people. This is a sketch of a working class ‘type’ called Patrick O’Reilly and it was undertaken by Keating in or around 1946. The artist subsequently used his sketch of O’Reilly for the front left figure in The Key Men. O’Reilly was an apparently ordinary, extremely hard working dustman who worked all his life in the Dublin area. However, that was the day job and O’Reilly was also Chairman of the Bernard Shaw Branch (Dublin) of the Irish Labour Party, which, due to its illustrious association, decided to send Shaw a present on the occasion of his ninetieth birthday in 1946. In his role as Chairman, O’Reilly sent Shaw a ‘Golden Shamrock’, meant in generosity as a good luck charm. Shaw was delighted with his ‘charming gift’ and he put the Golden Shamrock onto his watch chain where it remained until he died in 1950. Due to his association with the golden gift, O’Reilly became known about Dublin as ‘George Bernard Shaw’s Dustman’ or ‘The Golden Dustman’. Felix Hackett, Emeritus Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin and friend of James Joyce and Oliver St John Gogarty, presented The Key Men to the Institute of Engineers in Ireland in 1950. Fortuitously, given the association between Patrick O’Reilly and George Bernard Shaw, The Key Men is now on loan to the National Gallery of Ireland where it has pride of place in the Twentieth Century Irish Rooms. Shaw felt that a considerable aspect of his visual education accrued from visits to the National Gallery as a child, and he acknowledged his debt in a significant posthumous bequest to the Gallery that became known as The Shaw Fund. It seems oddly coincidental, given O’Reilly’s job description, that the musical, My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw and featuring a dustman, significantly augmented the funds to the National Gallery of Ireland under the terms of the Shaw Bequest. That O’Reilly as a working class, old fashioned dustman, can be directly linked to Keating, and to The Key Men and the ‘Poulaphouca Scheme’, to the Irish Labour Party, to George Bernard Shaw and to the National Gallery of Ireland, is testament to the intellectual atmosphere that prevailed in Ireland of the 1940s, despite censorship, ‘The Emergency’ and the hardships caused by the Second World War. Keating’s inspired decision to include Patrick O’Reilly the ‘Golden Dustman’ in The Key Men is also evidence of his sincere hope and belief in the integrity, intellect and fortitude of the people of post-colonial Ireland, notwithstanding creed, education or class. Eimear O’Connor The Humanities Institute of Ireland University College Dublin

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THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, COUNTY DONEGAL circa 1929-34
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, COUNTY DONEGAL circa 1929-34
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 28

Published Estimate: €80,000-100,000

Price Realised: €105000

  • Signature: faint signature lower right; with the label of the Fine Art Society London on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 38 by 46cm., 15 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Fine Art Society, London, by May 1953; Austin Desmond Fine Art, London, by 1987; Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Exhibited: Fine Art Society, London, by May 1953; Sotheby’s, London, 15 June 1984, lot 283; Bought by Austin Desmond Fine Art, London; Whence purchased by the present owner in 1987
  • A feature common to Paul Henry’s compositional technique is the division of the picture plane into two distinct parts, the upper given to the sky, the lower to the landscape. But these two parts are rarely of equal dimensions or importance and frequently, as here, the landscape, which one might assume would contain the narrative of the piece, is but a small, even negligible band, while the real subject of the work is the evolving drama of the sky. In his autobiography, An Irish Portrait, published in 1951, Henry recounted that he was attracted to the west of Ireland by many things, but “above all”, he said, it was the wild beauty of the landscape and the colour and variety of the cloud formations, “one of the especial glories of the West of Ireland”, that had most held his attention (Henry, 1951, p. 51). The Blue Mountains, Co. Donegal well exemplifies Henry’s enthusiasm for the Irish landscape. Here, the sky, with its dramatic cumulonimbus cloud formation, is the glory of the composition; it determines the mood of the piece - in this case serenity - and imbues it with atmosphere. The whereabouts of the scene cannot be identified, but it may be north Co. Donegal, near to the village of Falcarragh, where Henry stayed with his elder brother, Bob, in August 1929. The picture may also, however, have been done later from sketches made around that time. A distant band of blue drawn across the composition from left to right, such as the mountains from which this picture takes its title, is a compositional device often used by Henry to halt the eye’s recession. A label on the reverse from the Fine Art Society, London, gives the title. Dated circa 1929-34 on stylistic grounds, The Blue Mountains, Co. Donegal is provisionally numbered 719 in S. B. Kennedy’s catalogue raisonné of Paul Henry’s oeuvre to be published in spring 2007. S. B. Kennedy, PhD Belfast, August 2006

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TRINITY FROM THE BANK OF IRELAND, DUBLIN, 1947
TRINITY FROM THE BANK OF IRELAND, DUBLIN, 1947
Stephen Bone NEAC (1904-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 29

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €5200

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Born in London, the son of artist Sir Muirhead Bone and author Gertrude Dodd, Stephen Bone first exhibited at the NEAC at the age of sixteen, and shortly afterward enrolled at the Slade School of Art (1922-24). There he excelled at wood engraving, in which medium he won a gold medal at the 1925 Paris International Exhibition. In 1928 he collaborated with his friend, the Irish artist William Eric Horsbrugh-Porter, painting murals for Piccadilly Underground; the pair also shared a flat in Knightsbridge. The following year he married the artist Mary Adshead, and together they travelled across Britain, Italy and Greece. Around the same time Bone seems to have also visited Ireland, for in 1929 he held a joint exhibition with another Irish artist, Sine MacKinnon, at the Fine Art Society, London, where he exhibited mainly Connemara landscapes. Over ensuing years he had solo shows at the F.A.S., Lefevre Gallery and the Redfern Gallery. At the outbreak of WWII he re-visited Dublin, exhibiting at the RHA in 1939 and encouraging local artists such as Estella Solomons to raise funds for artist refugees from Nazi Germany. During the war he served as a camouflage officer (1939-43) and as an official war artist attached to the navy (1943-45). During the late 1940s and early ‘50s he wrote and illustrated several books and appeared on various radio and television programmes. He also returned to Dublin in 1947, painting views of O’Connell Street Bridge and the Customs House (both sold through these rooms, 19 November 2001, lots 19 and 20), as well as the present work.

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CURRAUN MOUNTAIN FROM ACHILL SOUND
CURRAUN MOUNTAIN FROM ACHILL SOUND
Mabel Young (1889-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 30

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4200


A STUNNING POSE!
A STUNNING POSE!
William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 31

Published Estimate: €20,000-30,000

Price Realised: €18000

  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 86 by 71cm., 34 by 28in.
  • Provenance: Collection of the artist's friend and biographer Alan Denson; Private collection, Dublin
  • Literature: Alan Denson, Visual Taste: Catalogue of an Author's Art collection, Volume 1, Kendal, 1971, listed as catalogue no. 233, reproduced plate 12
  • A self-portrait with the artist’s second wife, May Botterell. Alan Denson writes: “This unfinished sketch for a self-portrait, with May (seated), Mr Leech regarded to the end of his life as one of the most enthralling compositions he had imagined. Somewhere a finished picture similar to this magnificently vigorous sketch exists. The artist told me he had completed such a self-portrait, but had not sold it under this title [A Stunning Pose!], which he regarded as the most appropriate. Not usually a demonstrative man he became excited whenever he referred to the pose”.

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LITTLE GIRL'S WONDER, circa 1955
LITTLE GIRL'S WONDER, circa 1955
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 32

Published Estimate: €80,000-100,000

Price Realised: €125000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 64 by 76cm., 25 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Artist's family
  • Exhibited: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, Dublin, 1955, catalogue no 107 (£60-0-0); Possibly also exhibited as 'Child's Wonder' in a joint show with George Campbell, Piccadilly Gallery, London, June 1955, catalogue no. 66
  • Little Girl’s Wonder is one of a series of paintings by Gerard Dillon set in domestic interiors in the west of Ireland. Throughout the 1940s and ‘50s, Dillon was a frequent visitor to the west coast, in particular Connemara, where he spent several months living on the island of Innislacken. While paintings such as Connelly’s Bar Roundstone, (c.1950, Arts Council of Northern Ireland) and The Yellow Bungalow, (c.1954, Ulster Museum) are genre scenes in which Dillon records every day life in the west, Little Girl’s Wonder is a more ambiguous image. Set in a sparsely furnished cottage interior, this painting depicts a young girl gazing in wonder at a seated female figure dressed in an anachronistic outfit that is more Celtic Madonna than Connemara peasant. The cottage setting, the barefoot child and the black and white cat are familiar motifs from Dillon’s other western scenes, however, the inclusion of the Celtic figure, along with the three modern paintings hanging in the room, suggests that this is a painting in which Dillon acknowledges his artistic influences. The influence of Celtic art, particularly relief sculpture, on Dillon’s work is evident in paintings such as High Cross Panel (c.1949, private collection) and West of Ireland Landscape (c.1945, NGI). Referencing Celtic art helped Dillon to situate his own practice within a tradition of Irish art. The three modern paintings that hang in the cottage imply that he was also inspired by contemporary Irish art. Although it is not clear whether they represent actual paintings, these images are recognisably the work of artists whom Dillon had met in Dublin. The abstract composition on the door, initially appearing more like a hanging coat than a painting, is in the style of Mainie Jellett. The square composition on the back wall suggests Patrick Scott’s abstracts of the period and the coastal landscape is reminiscent of both Dillon’s own art and the haunting western landscapes of his friend Dan O’Neill. One of the first artists to befriend Dillon in Dublin, Jellett admired his work and opened his first solo exhibition on 23 February 1942. Dillon would have known Scott through the White Stag Group with which both artists were associated, and his tumultuous friendship with O’Neill began in Belfast in the early 1940s. A self-taught artist from a working class community in west Belfast, Dillon cherished not only the artistic inspiration he gained from other artists but also the sense of community that he found among them. In a later collage, Names, Names, Names (1969), Dillon made this sense of community explicit by listing many of the Irish artists whom he had known throughout his career. With its juxtaposition of Celtic and modern art within a western interior Little Girl’s Wonder is effectively a collage of Dillon’s artistic influences. Riann Coulter, PhD Dublin, August 2006

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TOMaS BAKER, MOYARd, 1950
TOMaS BAKER, MOYARd, 1950
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 33

Published Estimate: €40,000-50,000

Price Realised: €40000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on reverse; also with exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 45cm., 11.7 5 by 17.7 5i
  • Provenance: Artist's family
  • Exhibited: ’Gerard Dillon: Early Paintings of the West’, Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 4-27 March 1971, catalogue no. 25; ’Gerard Dillon’, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Ulster Museum, Belfast, November - December 1972 and the Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, January - February 1973, catalogue no. 37 (illustrated in catalogue)
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VILLAGE ON ACHILL
VILLAGE ON ACHILL
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 34

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €10000

  • Signature: signed lower right; gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 72 by 98cm., 28.5 by 38.5in.
  • Provenance: Oriel Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner, early 1980s
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ENTERTAINING COUNTRY GIRLS
ENTERTAINING COUNTRY GIRLS
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 35

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €23000

  • Signature: With a Calwell Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: mixed media collage
  • Dimensions: 38 by 56cm., 15 by 22in.
  • Provenance: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast; Arches Gallery, Belfast; Private Collection
  • Exhibited: Tom Caldwell Gallery, Belfast, circa 1977, catalogue no. 7
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CRUCIFIXION
CRUCIFIXION
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 36

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €8500


ADRIGOLE
ADRIGOLE
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 37

Published Estimate: €15,000-20,000

Price Realised: €15000

  • Signature: inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 69cm., 20 by 27in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by the father of the present owner, c.1960
  • In the original Dawson gallery frame and with a letter of authenticity from O'Neill's former dealer, George McClelland, dated 25 February 2003. Adrigole, also know as Addergoole, is a village on Bantry Bay, West Cork.

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AT THE CASTLE (PELLEAS AND MELISANDE), circa 1964
AT THE CASTLE (PELLEAS AND MELISANDE), circa 1964
Adrian Murray-Hayden (1931-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 38

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3600

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 55 by 67cm., 21.5 by 26.5in.
  • Provenance: Gift of the artist to the present owner
  • Exhibited: 'Recent Paintings by Murray Hayden', Molesworth Gallery, Dublin, 4-14 October 1964, catalogue no. 3 (60 gns, reproduced on front cover of catalogue)
  • Copies of newspaper cuttings and the 1964 catalogue included with lot. One reviewer referred to the present work as “a delightful story-book painting”, alluding to the literary origins of the work in Maeterlink’s 1892 Symbolist drama, Pelléas et Mélisando. The play was set in medieval times and centred on Pelléas’ love for his sister-in-law Mélisande. It was adapted for opera by Debussy in 1902.

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RATHFARNHAM BY-ROAD, 1944
RATHFARNHAM BY-ROAD, 1944
Thurloe Conolly (b.1918)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 39

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: signed, inscribed and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 43 by 58cm., 17 by 23in.
  • Exhibited: 'Paintings by Thurloe Conolly', The Dublin Painters Gallery, February 1945, catalogue no. 15 (14 gns)
  • Thurloe Conolly was born in Cork and worked in an office from leaving school until 1941, spending his spare time painting and writing poetry. Once he began painting full time his work was exhibited widely: in 1943 at the IELA, at the 1944 Exhibition of Subjective Art in Dublin, and in 1945 at the first show in the Dublin Painters Gallery. He had a one man show at Victor Waddington’s Gallery in 1949, and a series of exhibitions in America including Boston and New York, as well as in England, Holland and Sweden. A major retrospective was held in 1993 and another last year at the Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery, Dublin. The present work relates to Halls Barn, Rathfarnham, formerly owned by the composer and fellow White Stag Group exhibitor, Brian Boydell (1917-2000), and illustrated in S. B. Kennedy’s Irish Art and Modernism.

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COCKLE PICKERS AND BATHER
COCKLE PICKERS AND BATHER
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 40

Published Estimate: €10,000-15,000

Price Realised: €9500

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on label on reverse; also with exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 56 by 74cm., 22 by 29in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Belfast
  • Exhibited: 'Nano Reid Retrospective', Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, and the Ulster Museum, Belfast, November 1974 February 1975, catalogue no. 106 (lent by the Dawson Gallery)
  • A watercolour based on the same subject was exhibited at the Dawson Gallery in 1976.

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PEACOCK, 1967
PEACOCK, 1967
James Dixon (1887-1970)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 41

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: 


NEW YORK STILL LIFE, 1972
NEW YORK STILL LIFE, 1972
Charles Brady HRHA (1926-1997)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 42

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €3400


SELF PORTRAIT, 1978
SELF PORTRAIT, 1978
Tony O'Malley HRHA (1913-2003)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 43

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €2200


BLUE LAKE, 1987
BLUE LAKE, 1987
Seán McSweeney HRHA (b.1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 44

Published Estimate: €3,500-4,500

Price Realised: €4600

  • Signature: signed and dated lower elft; inscribed with title and artist's address "Barney studio" and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 36 by 46cm., 14 by 18in.
  • Exhibited: 'West Ireland Artist's Exhibition', Wagner Gallery, Australia, 1988, catalogue no. 9
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BOGLAND SLIGO
BOGLAND SLIGO
Seán McSweeney HRHA (b.1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 45

Published Estimate: €4,000-6,000

Price Realised: €5000


MONKEY ON A BRANCH and KESTREL, 1963 (A PAIR)
MONKEY ON A BRANCH and KESTREL, 1963 (A PAIR)
Pauline Bewick RHA (b.1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 46

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: both signed lower right; the latter also dated lower right; exhibition labels on reverse
  • Medium: pen and ink on artist's board
  • Dimensions: 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner, c. 1963
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FOX, 1964
FOX, 1964
Neil Shawcross RHA RUA (b.1940)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 47

Published Estimate: €1,500-2,000

Price Realised: €2200


ANIMALS AND FIGURES, 1968
ANIMALS AND FIGURES, 1968
John Kingerlee (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 48

Published Estimate: €2,000-3,000

Price Realised: €5000


BETES, 1952
BETES, 1952
Basil Ivan Rákóczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 49

Published Estimate: €3,000-4,000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Signature: signed lower left; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 46 by 38cm., 18 by 15in.
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited as Beasts in the Forest, ‘Basil Rákóczi’, Dublin Painters Gallery, 12-24 October 1953, catalogue no. 7 (25 gns)
  • Opus no. 1701

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KNOCK A LOUGH, APRIL 1977
KNOCK A LOUGH, APRIL 1977
Brian Bourke HRHA (b.1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 19 September 2006 / 50

Published Estimate: €3,000-5,000

Price Realised: €7400

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed and dated lower centre; exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 64 by 56cm., 25 by 22in.
  • Provenance: Taylor Galleries, Dublin; Whence purchased by the present owner, 1978
  • Exhibited: 'Knock A Lough: Eight Seasons by Brian Bourke', Taylor Galleries, Dublin, 12-28 October 1978, catalogue no.17 as Summer 1977
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