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POTATO SOWERS
POTATO SOWERS
James MacIntyre RUA (b.1926)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 1

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €90

  • Signature: signed lower right; artist's label on reverse
  • Medium: pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 23 by 28cm., 9 by 11in.
  • Provenance: Fine Irish Pictures, Christie's Scotland, Belfast Castle, 28 October 1988, lot 226; McKee collection
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CHILD ON A BIKE WITH A BIRD
CHILD ON A BIKE WITH A BIRD
Basil Ivan Rakoczi (1908-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 2

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €550

  • Signature: signed lower right; gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 20 by 27cm., 8 by 10.5in.
  • Provenance: Collection of Lucy Carrington Wertheim; Private collection; Duncan Campbell, London; Private collection; Dickon Hall Fine Art, Belfast; McKee collection
  • This was from the Lucy Wertheim estate and came to the previous owner from Duncan Campbell in London. With a letter confirming provenance from Dickon Hall, Belfast.

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QUEUING UP, 1943
QUEUING UP, 1943
John Turner HRUA (b.1916)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 3

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €110

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed and dated lower centre; numberes lower left
  • Medium: linocut (no. 26 from an edition of 50)
  • Dimensions: 27 by 28cm., 10.5 by 11in.
  • Provenance: Gift from the artist to Dr McKee, c.2000
  • Exhibited: John Turner retrospective exhibition, Belfast College of Arts, 2002
  • This represents the rationing queues at a butchers in north Belfast during the war years.

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STUDY FOR TEXTILES
STUDY FOR TEXTILES
Eugene Riboulet RUA (1883-1972)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 4

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €50

  • Signature: studio label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour, gouache, pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 29 by 29cm., 11.5 by 11.5in.
  • Provenance: Studio sale, Ross's, Belfast, 28 April 1999; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
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PORTBRADDON, COUNTY ANTRIM
PORTBRADDON, COUNTY ANTRIM
Robert Gordon Sellar (b.1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 5

Published Estimate: €80-120

Price Realised: €280

  • Signature: signed lower right; titled lower left
  • Medium: linocut
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Provenance: Bell Gallery, Belfast; Whence purchased in 1989 by Dr McKee
  • This view of the beautiful tiny clachan of Portbrtadden Co. Antrim dates from the early 1960s. A precipitous road leads down to the fishermen's cottage where the salmon nets dry at the edge of Whitepark Bay. Sellar was a teacher in the nearby school and would have known this coast well. The cottage in this scene is now the property of the National Trust. Robert Sellar was born in Scotland. He moved to Northern Ireland as a child and studied at Belfast College of Art. He taught in schools in Derry and Antrim, and for many years was adviser in art education to the North-Eastern Education Board before retiring in 1984. He was commissioned to produce designs for the stained glass windows at Castlerock Presbyterian Church in Northern Ireland and also created designs for postage stamps and commemorative postmarks for both the Irish and British postal services.

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FIGURE STUDIES (A PAIR)
FIGURE STUDIES (A PAIR)
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 6

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €570

  • Medium: pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 20 by 13cm., 8 by 5in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent; Sheilagh Deacon; Ross's, Belfast, c.1993; Private collection; Dickon Hall Fine Art, Belfast, 1999; Private collection
  • Sheelagh Deacon The artist's family (sister and brother in law)

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ANGEL
ANGEL
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 7

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €500

  • Signature: signed in initials lower left
  • Medium: linocut
  • Dimensions: 18 by 13cm., 7 by 5in.
  • Provenance: Phil Rafferty (1919-1996); Her sale, Ross's, Belfast, 7 October 1998, lot 92; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
  • A Christmas card to the artist Phil Rafferty c.1970. Accompanied by a letter of provenance.

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MOURNE LANDSCAPE, 1964
MOURNE LANDSCAPE, 1964
Jack Pakenham RUA (b.1938)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 8

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €320

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 25 by 23cm., 10 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Bell Gallery, Belfast; McKee collection
  • Exhibited: Bell Gallery, Belfast, 9 February, 1989
  • This charming small painting depicts a view of Slieve Martin from Omeath, with complex layering of the paint giving depth and character. The artist wrote of this work: “the painting was one of a series done in 1965 when I turned my attention to landscape, trying to convey the texture, stratification and erosion of an area I had [previously] lived in called the Isle of Purbeck, near Swanage, Dorset. I then turned my attention to my local area – mainly the Mournes and the Antrim coast… [This] is one of the Mourne ones – exhibited first in the Bell Gallery, Alfred Street”.

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DARK INTERIOR
DARK INTERIOR
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 9

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €520

  • Signature: signed lower left; original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and crayon on paper
  • Dimensions: 33 by 22cm., 13 by 8.5in.
  • Provenance: Hendriks Gallery, Dublin; Alexander Spence Auctioneer, Belfast, 28 February 1989, lot 31; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
  • This is a favourite theme of Campbell's with the image of the chair and the window behind becoming more abstracted in subsequent versions. The view is that from his studio in Malaga. This version retains much of the clarity of the scene yet allows the vision.

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SWAN ISLAND, BANTRY BAY, 1965
SWAN ISLAND, BANTRY BAY, 1965
Alicia Boyle RBA (1908-1997)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 10

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; signed and inscribed with title and date on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 76cm., 20 by 30in.
  • Provenance: The Hon. Mrs George Buchanan; Christie's, Belfast Castle, 28 October 1988, lot 442; McKee collection
  • Literature: Hilary Pyle, Alicia Boyle: A Catalogue of Paintings, Drawings and Prints 1932-1988, Crawford Gallery, Cork, 1988, listed as catalogue no. 246, page 32
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LOUGHISLANDREAVY, COUNTY DOWN, 1921
LOUGHISLANDREAVY, COUNTY DOWN, 1921
Edward Montgomery O'Rorke Dickey CBE HRUA HRCA (1894-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 11

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed and dated on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 51cm., 16 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Rodney Baker Antiques, Co. Armagh; Whence purchased by Dr McKee in 2000
  • Dickey lived in Antrim for a short while after World War I and painted landscapes there and in Counties Down and Donegal. At the time he was one of only a tiny minority of artists working in Northern Ireland who might be considered part of the wider European avant-garde. The present landscape, from this post-war period, depicts the Mourne Mountains in the distance.

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MOUNTAIN SCENE, ISLE OF SKYE
MOUNTAIN SCENE, ISLE OF SKYE
Attributed to F. Bateson Mason (British, 1910-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 12

Published Estimate: €100-200

Price Realised: €270

  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 38 by 58cm., 15 by 23in.
  • Provenance: Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge, Suffolk; His sale, Bonhams, Chelsea, 21 January 1988, lot 353; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
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GARDEN STILL LIFE
GARDEN STILL LIFE
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 13

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2600

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right
  • Medium: pen, ink and watercolour on paper
  • Dimensions: 27 by 19cm., 10.5 by 7.5in.
  • Provenance: The artist's estate; Private collection, Dublin; Dickon Hall Fine Art, Belfast; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
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STUDIO STUDY OF A LADY IN COSTUME, 1919
STUDIO STUDY OF A LADY IN COSTUME, 1919
Mainie Jellett (1897-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 14

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €520

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 28 by 25cm., 11 by 9.75in.
  • Provenance: Irish Picture Sale, Christies and HOK, Dublin, 23 October 1989, lot 36; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
  • Exhibited: 'A Centenary Celebration of the life and work of Mainie Jellett', One Oxford Street, Belfast, 3-25 April 1997, ex catalogue (lent by Dr McKee)
  • Students at the Westminster school studying under the tutelage of Walter Sickert were often asked to paint models with unusual props. In other Jellet studies of this time the archway in the background is a recurring motif, as is the inclusion of other students at work within the composition.

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SHIPYARD and MAIN YARD (A PAIR)
SHIPYARD and MAIN YARD (A PAIR)
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 15

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: signed lower right and lower left respectively; the second work also inscribed lower left
  • Medium: pen and ink with watercolour
  • Dimensions: 19 by 44cm., 7.5 by 17.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Fine Irish Paintings and Drawings, Christie's, Belfast, 28 October 1988, lot 462; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
  • Exhibited: Northern Ireland Civil Defence Art exhibition, circa 1943-44
  • The second work measures 5.5 by 13 inches.

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THE GLEANERS, GORTAHORK, COUNTY DONEGAL, 1975, and COTTAGE ATTICAL, 1993
THE GLEANERS, GORTAHORK, COUNTY DONEGAL, 1975, and COTTAGE ATTICAL, 1993
Jimmy Bingham (b.1925)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 16

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; signed, dated and inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 24 by 30cm., 9.5 by 12in.
  • Provenance: Bell Gallery, Belfast; Whence purchased by Dr McKee in 1988
  • Also with lot is a second work by Jimmy Bingham, Cottage Attical, which was commissioned by Dr McKee in 1993. Painted in oil on board, 14 by 18 inches, it depicts the McKee family's cottage in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down. Sandy Brae Attical is a lane leading directly to the high pass known as 'windy gap', between Eagle Mountain and Slieve Moughanmore. Bingham shows the hay having been cut with vintage machinery and 'stooked' by hand.

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YORK STREET FLYPAST, 1978
YORK STREET FLYPAST, 1978
Seamus Carmichael (b.1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 17

Published Estimate: €120-150

Price Realised: €140

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; inscribed and numbered lower left
  • Medium: etching with embossing (no. 3 from an edition of 10)
  • Dimensions: 24 by 32cm., 9.5 by 12.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist by Dr McKee in 1986
  • With a second work by the same artist: 'Looking Up I Saw...', signed and dated January 1978, colour etching, no. 13 from an edition of 20, 12.5 by 9.25 inches. (2)

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CHAMPION OF THE LAGAN, 1987
CHAMPION OF THE LAGAN, 1987
Kent Jones (b.1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 18

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €280

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; artist's label on reverse
  • Medium: mixed media on linen
  • Dimensions: 56 by 81cm., 22 by 32in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
  • Exhibited: Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast, 5-23 October 1987
  • Born in Ohio, Kent Jones studied fine art at the University of California, before taking a Masters at the Slade in London. He moved to Belfast in 1981 and exhibited throughout the eighties at the Fenderesky Gallery. He later moved to Canada, where he is now Professor of Visual Arts at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College of Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is widely represented in academic and public collections in Canada and still exhibits in Ireland, most recently at the Flowerfield Art Centre in Coleraine in 2004.

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BIRDCAGE WALK, BELFAST
BIRDCAGE WALK, BELFAST
Phillip J. Williamson UWS (b.1926)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 19

Published Estimate: €120-150

Price Realised: €220

  • Signature: signed twice lower left and lower right; inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour, crayon, pen and ink
  • Dimensions: 31 by 50cm., 12.2 5 by 19.5in.
  • Provenance: Christie's, Belfast, 28 October 1988, lot 253; Whence purchased Dr McKee
  • This depcition of the main yard at Harland and Wolff Shipyard in Belfast is notable given the rarity of paintings of industrial architecture. It depicts the Arrol Gantry built by Sir William Arrol, who also designed the Forth and Tay rail bridges. This was commissioned specially for the building of the ships RMS Titanic, RMS Olympic and RMS Britannic. The gantry was known colloquially as ‘Birdcage walk’ by the shipyard workers who operated the gantry cranes and the smaller cranes, which they called ‘wall creepers’. Phillip Williamson was born in Moy, Co. Tyrone, and studied art at Methodist College Belfast before serving in the merchant navy. He has exhibited regularly at the RUA with mainly marine subjects.

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NET AND ROPEMAKING, 1935
NET AND ROPEMAKING, 1935
John Luke RUA (1906-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 20

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with title lower left
  • Medium: pen and ink over pencil on tracing paper
  • Dimensions: 11 by 25cm., 4.5 by 10in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist's family in 1989
  • This mural study almost certainly relates to Luke’s little-known contribution to the Northern Ireland Government’s pavilion at the Glasgow Empire Exhibition in 1938. The commission consisted of fifteen panels depicting industry and labour in Northern Ireland, forming a frieze 45.7m in total length. John Luke and Poppy Mollan supplied the outline drawings, which were then incised in wood by the Belfast sculptor Morris Harding RHA PRUA (1874-1964). Luke later completed three other murals, also on the theme of industry, for Belfast City Hall, the Provincial Masonic Hall in Belfast, and Millfield Technical College.

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SHAW'S BRIDGE
SHAW'S BRIDGE
John Luke RUA (1906-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 21

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1250

  • Signature: signed with initials in the plate lower left; original pencil signature lower right
  • Medium: woodblock print
  • Dimensions: 27 by 37cm., 10.5 by 14.5in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist's brother in 1988
  • Exhibited: ‘Ulster Unit’, Locksley Hall, Belfast, December 1934; ‘John Luke (1906-1975)’, Ulster Museum, Belfast, and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, TCD, Dublin, organised by the Arts Council of Ireland and Northern Ireland, 1978, catalogue no. 90, illustrated on cover of catalogue
  • Literature: John Hewitt, John Luke (1906-1975), Arts Council of Ireland, 1978, p. 26; Theo Snoddy, Dictionary of Irish Artists 20th century, 2nd edition, p. 352
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SHAW'S BRIDGE
SHAW'S BRIDGE
John Luke RUA (1906-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 22

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: pencil and crayon on tracing paper
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist's brother in 1988
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PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S MOTHER, 1926
PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S MOTHER, 1926
John Luke RUA (1906-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 23

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: watercolour and pencil
  • Dimensions: 32 by 20cm., 12.5 by 8in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist's brother in 1988
  • One of the earliest extant works by Luke, this portrait study was painted just three years after he first enrolled in night classes at Belfast Technical College. Luke’s early works are characterised by clean washes of colour with sound under-drawing (see for example his watercolour, Mossvale, 1926, illustrated in John Hewitt’s monograph, page 5). In the present work we see the artist’s mother, Sarah Luke (1877-1953), dramatically lit from below possibly by a lamp placed near her feet. Sarah was the daughter of a weaver from the Ballymena district. In 1927, the year after this work was painted, Luke won the Dunville Art Scholarship, which enabled him to go to the Slade in London; after this his drawing grew ever clearer and more concise.

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NUDE STUDY, 1930
NUDE STUDY, 1930
John Luke RUA (1906-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 24

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €700

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 32 by 17cm., 12.5 by 6.5in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist's brother in 1989
  • Exhibited: 'John Luke: Work from the Studio', Bell Gallery, Belfast, February 1980; catalogue no. 55
  • This student work dates from his days at the Slade life school in 1927. It shows a draughtsmanship which would underlie all of his future work.

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GATHERING KELP ON A SEA SHORE, ACHILL
GATHERING KELP ON A SEA SHORE, ACHILL
Eileen Murray (1885-1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 25

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right
  • Medium: canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 36 by 25cm., 14 by 10in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent; Sotheby's, London 27 August 1988; Bell Gallery, Belfast; McKee collection
  • Born at Templemore, Co. Cork, the daughter of Col. Chester, Eileen Murray studied at Newlyn under Stanhope Forbes, whose influence can be seen particularly in Gathering Kelp on a Seashore and Gathering Sticks in a Wood. After marrying Major F. S. J. Murray, she moved to India, returning to Ireland in 1920 to Mosstown House, Kenagh, Co. Longford. From here she exhibited regularly at the RHA, the RUA, the Dublin Sketching Club and Belfast Arts Society. In a copy of a letter accompanying this lot, dated 20 March 1999, the artist’s daughter, Diana M. Kellock, identified the location of this work as Achill Island and dated it to the 1950s.

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FIGURES RESTING, NAPLES
FIGURES RESTING, NAPLES
Eileen Murray (1885-1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 26

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 41 by 29cm., 16 by 11.5in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent; Gorry Gallery, Dublin; Whence purchased by Dr McKee in 1997
  • Exhibited: 'An Exhibition of 18th, 19th and 20th Century Irish Paitings', Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 12-25 June 1997, catalogue no. 84
  • The artist's daughter has confirmed that this was painted on holiday in Italy in the 1950s.

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GATHERING STICKS IN A WOOD
GATHERING STICKS IN A WOOD
Eileen Murray (1885-1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 27

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 25 by 33cm., 10 by 13in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by descent; Eileen Murray Studio Sale, Sotheby's, Billinghurst, 27 August 1988; Harley Fine Art; Bell Gallery, Belfast; McKee collection
  • The artist's daughter has confirmed that this work shows the woods by the lakes at the family home at Mosstown, Co. Longford, and was painted in the 1930s.

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LANDSCAPE WITH MOUNTAINS AND HORSE, 1954
LANDSCAPE WITH MOUNTAINS AND HORSE, 1954
Eileen Murray (1885-1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 28

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €800

  • Signature: signed in monogram and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 41cm., 12 by 16in.
  • Provenance: The artist's family by desent; Eakin Gallery, Belfast; McKee collection
  • Exhibited: Eakin Gallery, Belfast,1989
  • In a copy of a letter accompanying this lot, dated 20 March 1999, the artist's daughter states that this scene was painted in the Rockies in the 1950s on the way to visit the artist's mother who lived on Pender Island, off Vancouver, British Columbia.

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MOUNTAIN SHEEP
MOUNTAIN SHEEP
Eileen Murray (1885-1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 29

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 23 by 17cm., 9 by 6.5in.
  • Provenance: Ross's, Belfast, 12 June 2002, lot 118; McKee collection
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COAST SCENE
COAST SCENE
Eileen Murray (1885-1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 30

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €900

  • Signature: gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 35 by 25cm., 13.7 5 by 9.75in.
  • Provenance: Artist's studio sale, Sotheby's Billingshurst, 18 January 1988; Bell Gallery, Belfast; Whence purchased by Dr McKee in 1989
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DAFFODILS AT LADY DIXON PARK, BELFAST
DAFFODILS AT LADY DIXON PARK, BELFAST
James Watson (1925-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 31

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €100

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 36 by 52cm., 14 by 20.5in.
  • Provenance: Gift from the artist to the present owner in 1997
  • James Watson was a well known artist in East Belfast, and from a family of artists in that area. He taught art in Belfast, and was a devotee of Russell Flint whom he particularly admired and whose work is echoed in this painting.

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SUMMER HEAT GLENDUN
SUMMER HEAT GLENDUN
James Watson (1925-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 32

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €100

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 34 by 52cm., 13.5 by 20.5in.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist
  • This painting is from high in Glendun, one of the Seven Glens of County Antrim whose lower reaches are well known in art, having been painted extensively by James Humbert Craig many years prior to this work.

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BERNAGH TORS, MOURNE MOUNTAINS
BERNAGH TORS, MOURNE MOUNTAINS
James Watson (1925-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 33

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €220


FOUR ETCHINGS INCLUDING A STUDY OF A CROWD IN DONEGAL SQUARE, BELFAST, AND A VIEW OF ROOFTOPS FROM THE BELFAST COLLEGE OF ART
FOUR ETCHINGS INCLUDING A STUDY OF A CROWD IN DONEGAL SQUARE, BELFAST, AND A VIEW OF ROOFTOPS FROM THE BELFAST COLLEGE OF ART
James Watson (1925-2002)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 34

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €150

  • Signature: one signed and dated 1945 lower right and inscribed lower left
  • Medium: etchings
  • Dimensions: various sizes
  • Provenance: McKee collection
  • The other subjects are the bridge at Sand Quays, Belfast, and a nude study.

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ORMOND QUAY, DUBLIN, 1939
ORMOND QUAY, DUBLIN, 1939
Tom Carr HRHA HRUA ARWS (1909-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 35

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €110

  • Signature: signed in pen lower right
  • Medium: colour print (no. 53 from an edition of 80)
  • Dimensions: 22 by 27cm., 8.5 by 10.7 5in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
  • Signed reproduction of a watercolour in the collection of the Ulster Museum, published for Bairds Chemist Group. Also with this lot is a signed and framed reproduction print of Rowland Davidson's Little Girl Baking, 14 by 18 inches, also produced for Baird's Pharmaceuticals. (2)

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EEL FISHERS NEAR TOOME
EEL FISHERS NEAR TOOME
Martin MacKeown (b.1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 36

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €400

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 51cm., 20 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist in 1998
  • This painting was purchased from the artist during a visit to the artist’s father-in-law, Tom Carr, who was living with Martin MacKeown at the time at his home in Norfolk. This painting has never been exhibited before and was painted during a visit to Northern Ireland. The artist showed at the Bell Gallery as did his son, James, who now lives in France.

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WOOD IN WINTER
WOOD IN WINTER
Tom Kerr (b.1925)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 37

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €60

  • Signature: signed in pencil in margin lower right; numbered lower left
  • Medium: offset lithographic poster (no. 54 from an edition of 300)
  • Dimensions: 33 by 33cm., 13 by 13in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
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MOUNTAINEERING - FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ALBERT SMITH'S THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC
MOUNTAINEERING - FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS FOR ALBERT SMITH'S THE ASCENT OF MONT BLANC
George Baxter (British, 1804-1867)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 38

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €240

  • Medium: four colour prints, individually framed
  • Dimensions: 11 by 15cm., 4.5 by 6in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
  • Regarded as the father of colour printing, George Baxter patented in 1835 a method of printing, involving a metal keyplate and up to twenty wood or metal blocks for each layer of colour.

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SLIEVE BINYON AND SLIEVE LAMAGAN, MOURNE MOUNTAINS, COUNTY DOWN, 1901
SLIEVE BINYON AND SLIEVE LAMAGAN, MOURNE MOUNTAINS, COUNTY DOWN, 1901
Joseph William Carey RUA (1859-1937)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 39

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €280

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscribed with name of each mountain peak lower left and lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 22 by 34cm., 8.5 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
  • In original frame of W. J. Irvine, 38-40 Ann Street, Belfast. This view, taken from just below Blue Lough in the Mourne Mountains, Co. Down, depicts the prominent peak of Slieve Bignian, with North Tor on the left.

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BOG SUNSET, POSSIBLY COUNTY KERRY
BOG SUNSET, POSSIBLY COUNTY KERRY
Captain George Drummond Fish (1876-c.1938)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 40

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €220

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 23 by 30cm., 9 by 12in.
  • Provenance: Iona Emerson, Co. Armagh; From whom purchased by Dr McKee in 1986
  • Thought to be a view in county Kerry, this is an evocative soft summer evening in the bog with the road leading into the sunset; Whilst possibly allegorical this is more likely painted from life, with a sky painted 'wet on wet' to achieve the softness and haze of summer.

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ISOLATED PEAK
ISOLATED PEAK
R.W.M. Sterwin (fl.1930s)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 41

Published Estimate: €50-80

Price Realised: €60


CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE, VIEW TOWARDS CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE and LOUGH SCENE CO. DONEGAL, 1852 (SET OF 3)
CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE, VIEW TOWARDS CARRICKFERGUS CASTLE and LOUGH SCENE CO. DONEGAL, 1852 (SET OF 3)
Eleanor Coulson (fl.1850s)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 42

Published Estimate: €400-600

Price Realised: €180

  • Signature: each signed lower left; one dated 1852 lower left
  • Medium: pencil drawings heightened with white
  • Dimensions: 25 by 38cm., 10 by 15in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
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THE CABBAGE FIELD, 1922
THE CABBAGE FIELD, 1922
John A. Lewis (English, fl.1921-40)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 43

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €80

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 10 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Bell Gallery, Belfast, 1988; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
  • John Lewis was a landscape painter and watercolour artist. He was born in Lincoln and studied art at Lincoln School of Art and Bolton. He exhibited mainly at the Royal Cambrian Academy.

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FORREST LANDSCAPE, 1997
FORREST LANDSCAPE, 1997
M. F. Obamanskhin (b.1962)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 44

Published Estimate: €300-400

Price Realised: €150

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed, dated and signed again on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 61cm., 16 by 24in.
  • Provenance: Bonhams, London, 1 April 1998, lot 378
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ERRIGAL, COUNTY DONEGAL and RED BAY, COUNTY ANTRIM (A PAIR)
ERRIGAL, COUNTY DONEGAL and RED BAY, COUNTY ANTRIM (A PAIR)
Robert Lillie (Scottish, 1867-1949)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 45

Published Estimate: €60-80

Price Realised: €85

  • Signature: each work signed lower right and inscribed lower left
  • Medium: etchings
  • Dimensions: 18 by 27cm., 7 by 10.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Bell Gallery, Belfast; whence purchased by Dr McKee 1991
  • The second work measures 3.75 by 8 inches. Robert Lillie was a banker, artist and art collector, who donated the main portion of his collection to the town of Milnagarvie, where a museum now bears his name.

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LUPIN GARDEN
LUPIN GARDEN
Eva Porter (fl.1923-53)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 46

Published Estimate: €100-150

Price Realised: €120

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 34cm., 9.75 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
  • In the original frame of William Rodman, Belfast. Eva Porter exhibited regularly with the Belfast Art Society (later the RUA), from an address on the King’s Road, Knock, in Belfast. She worked mainly in watercolour, specialising in landscapes and garden scenes.

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NARROW WATER, COUNTY DOWN
NARROW WATER, COUNTY DOWN
Sam McLaren UWS (b.1928)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 47

Published Estimate: €150-200

Price Realised: €60

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 28 by 46cm., 11 by 18in.
  • Provenance: Iona Emerson, Co. Armagh; From whom purchased by Dr McKee in 1989
  • Narrow Water Castle is at the strategic narrows on the approach to Newry in Carlingford Lough. This scene is of the view from Narrow Water towards Carlingford and Slieve Foy.

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FAIRHEAD SUNSET
FAIRHEAD SUNSET
Carol Graham PPRUA (b.1951)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 48

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €700

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Provenance: McKee collection
  • Exhibited: 'Imaginings and Other Realities', Elaine Somers Gallery, Belfast, 5-25 October 2000, illustrated in catalogue
  • This view depicts the rock prow near the Greymans Path, seen from the shoreline at Murlough Bay, Co. Antrim. Catalogue included with lot.

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PORTRUSH
PORTRUSH
James Greig RBA (British, 1861-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 49

Published Estimate: €80-100

Price Realised: €60

  • Signature: signed 'JAS. Greig' lower right
  • Medium: gouache on board
  • Dimensions: 26 by 38cm., 10.2 5 by 15in.
  • Provenance: Iona Emerson, Co. Armagh; Whence purchased by Dr McKee circa 1979
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THE CLAMS
THE CLAMS
Samuel Fenton RI (British, b.1915)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 6 December 2008 / 50

Published Estimate: €200-300

Price Realised: €140

  • Signature: signed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 38 by 25cm., 15 by 10in.
  • Provenance: Simon Carter Gallery, Woodbridge, Suffolk; His sale, Bonham's, Chelsea, 21 January, 1998, lot 13; Whence purchased by Dr McKee
  • Samuel Fenton exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy between 1943 and 1980 and was the winner of the Singer and Friedlander Prize in 1989. Although born in London he moved to Brighton in 1948. He was almost entirely self taught and began his career painting traditional landscapes but his subject matter gradually transformed into the fantastic and surreal compositions for which he is best known. In relation to this painting he notes the bric-a-brac which populates the painting: "Balinese figures from antique shop in Lewes. Tree trunk from tree blown over in hurricane. Camel and goat from London Zoo. Towers contrived.

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