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THE OLD PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM
THE OLD PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM
James English RHA (b.1946)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 1

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1300


RED TULIPS
RED TULIPS
Stuart Morle (b.1960)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 2

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 23 by 22cm., 9.25 by 8.75in.
  • Stuart Morle was born in Liverpool and studied Fine Art at the Central School of Art and Design in London from 1979 to 1982. He won an Italian Government scholarship in 1982 and went to live in Siena that year. He established himself as a portrait painter and worked for both British and Italian clients. Commissions have included HRH The Princess Royal for the Field Auxiliary Nursing Yeomanry and Howard Kilroy, Chairman of the Board of Governors of The Bank of Ireland. Morle has lived and worked in Dublin for the past ten years.

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ANGEL, 2008
ANGEL, 2008
Mark O'Neill (b.1963)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 3

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1050

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 14 by 19cm., 5.5 by 7.5in.
  • Provenance: Purchased directly from the artist by the present owner
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STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT
STILL LIFE WITH FRUIT
Peter Collis RHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 4

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: 


CLEW BAY, COUNTY MAYO
CLEW BAY, COUNTY MAYO
Stuart Morle (b.1960)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 5

Published Estimate: €1300-1500

Price Realised: 


SAINT STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN, 1989
SAINT STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN, 1989
Norman J. McCaig (1929-2001)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 6

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1500


WINDY DAY, SANDYMOUNT, DUBLIN
WINDY DAY, SANDYMOUNT, DUBLIN
Norman Teeling (b.1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 7

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: 


MAYNOOTH CHURCH, NOVEMBER, 1969
MAYNOOTH CHURCH, NOVEMBER, 1969
Fergus O'Ryan RHA (1911-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 8

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 


GOOSE WITH HENS, SUMMER
GOOSE WITH HENS, SUMMER
Desmond Hickey (1937-2007)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 9

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed lower left; with title inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 36 by 46cm., 14 by 18in.
  • Desmond Hickey studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin, under Henry Healy during the 1970s. He exhibited with the RHA and The Oireachtas until his death in 2007.

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`CONALL' (THE TIBETAN TERRIER), 1997
`CONALL' (THE TIBETAN TERRIER), 1997
Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 10

Published Estimate: €300-500

Price Realised: €350

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 25 by 19cm., 9.75 by 7.5in.
  • Provenance: Family of the artist
  • `Conall' was the artist's sister-in-law's dog.

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DONKEY AND FOAL, 1976
DONKEY AND FOAL, 1976
Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 11

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1250


NORTH AMERICAN RIVER
NORTH AMERICAN RIVER
Robert Taylor Carson HRUA (1919-2008)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 12

Published Estimate: €500-700

Price Realised: €550

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on masonite board
  • Dimensions: 39 by 29cm., 15.5 by 11.5in.
  • Provenance: Family of the artist
  • Robert Taylor Carson was a war artist for the American Airforce. As a direct result of this association, Taylor Carson had many successful exhibitions in the United States.

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THE KING'S INNS, DUBLIN
THE KING'S INNS, DUBLIN
Fergus O'Ryan RHA (1911-1989)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 13

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: 


LUNCHTIME SAINT STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN
LUNCHTIME SAINT STEPHEN'S GREEN, DUBLIN
Norman J. McCaig (1929-2001)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 14

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1400


HANGING AROUND AT DUSK (LA PLACE DE LA COMEDIE, MONTPELLIER, FRANCE)
HANGING AROUND AT DUSK (LA PLACE DE LA COMEDIE, MONTPELLIER, FRANCE)
Arthur K. Maderson (b.1942)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 15

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2600


VIEW OF SAINT ANNE'S CHURCH, FROM SOUTH ANNE'S STREET, DUBLIN
VIEW OF SAINT ANNE'S CHURCH, FROM SOUTH ANNE'S STREET, DUBLIN
Anthony Robert Klitz (1917-2000)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 16

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000


FLOWER SELLERS, GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN
FLOWER SELLERS, GRAFTON STREET, DUBLIN
Liam Treacy (1934-2004)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 17

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: 


AUTUMN ON THE GRAND CANAL, TOWARDS RATHMINES BRIDGE, DUBLIN
AUTUMN ON THE GRAND CANAL, TOWARDS RATHMINES BRIDGE, DUBLIN
Norman Teeling (b.1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 18

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 36 by 46cm., 14 by 18in.
  • This work was painted approximately one year ago on the Grand Canal near Rathmines Bridge. With thanks to the artist for his assistance in cataloguing this work.

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GALWAY HOOKERS REGATTA, KILRONAN, ARRANMORE, COUNTY GALWAY
GALWAY HOOKERS REGATTA, KILRONAN, ARRANMORE, COUNTY GALWAY
Ivan Sutton (b.1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 19

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €1800


INTO THE LIGHT, INCH BEACH, 2009
INTO THE LIGHT, INCH BEACH, 2009
John Morris (b.1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 20

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1700


"FIRST CAST", HOWTH, DUBLIN
John Francis Skelton (b.1954)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 21

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €950


VIEW OVER CAPEL STREET BRIDGE TOWARDS PARLIAMENT STREET, DUBLIN
VIEW OVER CAPEL STREET BRIDGE TOWARDS PARLIAMENT STREET, DUBLIN
Gerard Byrne (b.1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 22

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 41cm., 20 by 16in.
  • Dublin born Byrne is a self-taught painter. During his formative years, Byrne rigorously applied himself to the arts and subsequently travelled around the world painting while supplementing his income working as an electrician. In 1989, upon his return to Dublin, Byrne embarked on a career as a full-time painter, working predominantly in oil and taking inspiration from a wide variety of subject matter. Light is of central importance to the artist, whose canvases radiate with colour and movement. While this work depicts a central Dublin location, Byrne is also renowned for his interpretation of the picturesque south Dublin suburbs of Sandymount, Dalkey and Killiney. The Gorry Gallery, Dublin will again play host to an exhibition of Gerard Byrne's work entitled, ‘Recent Works’, 23 September to 7 October, 2009.

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THE CANAL LOCK, RATHMINES, 1995
THE CANAL LOCK, RATHMINES, 1995
Gerard Byrne (b.1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 23

Published Estimate: €1400-1800

Price Realised: 


VIEW OF DALKEY ISLAND
VIEW OF DALKEY ISLAND
Brett McEntagart RHA (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 24

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 45 by 61cm., 17.7 5 by 24in.
  • This view of Dalkey Island can be seen from Dillon's Park, Coliemore Road. McEntagart's work was most recently exhibited at the RHA's 179th Annual Exhibition. His work, which depicted snowfall, was highlighted in Bruce Arnold's 23 May 2009 article, The Essence of Light, the Essence of Cool, for the Irish Independent.

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ON THE NENAGH RIVER, LOUGH DERG
ON THE NENAGH RIVER, LOUGH DERG
Norman J. McCaig (1929-2001)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 25

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: signed lower left; title inscribed on label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 41 by 51cm., 16 by 20in.
  • The Nenagh River rises in the hills on the eastern slopes of the Silvermines Mountains and flows into Lough Derg near Dromineer, Co. Tipperary.

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LAKE GARDA, MALCESINE, ITALY, 1994
LAKE GARDA, MALCESINE, ITALY, 1994
Brett McEntagart RHA (b.1939)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 26

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 46cm., 12 by 18in.
  • Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy, formed in the last Ice Age and covering 370 square kilometres stretching up into the Alps. Cedar, olive, lemon and palm trees flourish in the rich shoreline soil as depicted here.

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LATE LIGHT OVER ROUNDSTONE, CONNEMARA, 1993
LATE LIGHT OVER ROUNDSTONE, CONNEMARA, 1993
Cecil Maguire RHA RUA (b.1930)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 27

Published Estimate: €12000-18000

Price Realised: €22000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with title and artist's details inscribed on reverse; also with artist's own inscribed label attached verso.
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 51 by 76cm., 20 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Purchased at the RUA Annual Exhibition in 1993 by the present owner
  • Exhibited: The Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, 1993
  • This work was awarded the RUA Perpetual Gold Medal Prize at The Royal Ulster Academy in 1993. Cecil Maguire's understanding of the West of Ireland can be read in his canvases. Through his rendering of light he captures moments which epitomise the essence of Connemara. In an interview with the Irish Times in 1993, the year of the RUA Exhibition, Maguire described his view of the world's light from his home which overlooks Roundstone Harbour, "...You get light with an almost level sun which is unbelievable. It's so bright and takes the colours right up to their limit that you can hardly believe it..."

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IN THE MOURNES, COUNTY DOWN
IN THE MOURNES, COUNTY DOWN
George K. Gillespie RUA (1924-1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 28

Published Estimate: €3500-4500

Price Realised: 


WEST OF IRELAND FARM
WEST OF IRELAND FARM
George K. Gillespie RUA (1924 - 1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 29

Published Estimate: €2500-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 50 by 60cm., 19.5 by 23.5in.
  • Exhibited: It is possible that this work was exhibited at 'An Exhibition of Paintings by George Gillespie', at the Kenny Gallery, Galway, 22 March 1985, catalogue no. 12, under the title 'Irish Farmstead, Near Derryrush, Connemara'
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ON THE QUOILE, DOWNPATRICK, COUNTY DOWN
ON THE QUOILE, DOWNPATRICK, COUNTY DOWN
George K. Gillespie RUA (1924-1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 30

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on reverse; Wellington Gallery label also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 30 by 36cm., 12 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Wellington Gallery, Ballymena, Co. Antrim; Private collection
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NEAR ROUNDSTONE, COUNTY GALWAY
NEAR ROUNDSTONE, COUNTY GALWAY
George K. Gillespie RUA (1924-1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 31

Published Estimate: €5500-6500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 91cm., 24 by 36in.
  • George Kennedy Gillespie, son of George W. Gillespie, a baker, did not fully enter the art world until 1977 when he retired from the family bakery and set up a professional art studio from his home in Newtownards, County Down. Educated from 1941 until 1945 at Belfast High School, he attended evening classes at Belfast College of Art, studying jewellery, silversmith as well as painting. In the late 1950s his interest in fine art was advanced through encouragement from his tutor Robert Boyd Morrison (1896-1969). It was not until 1980 that Gillespie held his first solo-exhibition. This took place at the Oriel Gallery, Dublin. His work was much admired and audiences drew comparisons with the academic work of his Ulster contemporaries such as James Humbert Craig and Frank McKelvey. The rugged scenery of West Coast, Connemara and Donegal provided a continuous source of inspiration for the artist with particular locations, like Horn Head and Lough Finn, featuring time and time again in his canvases. Testament to his interpretation of the Irish landscape, several of his works can be found in the collection of the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland and in the Office of Public Works, Dublin among others.

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IRISH HOMESTEADS, ON THE ROAD TO KERRYKEEL, COUNTY DONEGAL
IRISH HOMESTEADS, ON THE ROAD TO KERRYKEEL, COUNTY DONEGAL
George K. Gillespie RUA (1924 - 1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 32

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3800


SUNSET, PORT ORIEL, CLOGHERHEAD, COUNTY LOUTH
SUNSET, PORT ORIEL, CLOGHERHEAD, COUNTY LOUTH
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA HRA HRSA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 33

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000


BATHERS AT PORT ORIEL
BATHERS AT PORT ORIEL
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA HRA HRSA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 34

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2300


CLIFDEN, CONNEMARA
CLIFDEN, CONNEMARA
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 35

Published Estimate: €5000-6000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; inscribed with title on reverse; also with Dawson Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas board
  • Dimensions: 20 by 25cm., 8 by 10in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • In the original frame of the Dawson Gallery, Dublin.

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AT THE WATER'S EDGE
AT THE WATER'S EDGE
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 36

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 41 by 51cm., 16 by 20in.
  • In November 2008, a much larger work entitled, 'Three Nuns, Spain', sold for a record price of €52,000 at deVere's, lot 121.

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WEST OF IRELAND LANDSCAPE
WEST OF IRELAND LANDSCAPE
Bea Orpen HRHA (1913-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 37

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €1050


KILCLOONEY DOLMEN, COUNTY DONEGAL, 1957
KILCLOONEY DOLMEN, COUNTY DONEGAL, 1957
Bea Orpen HRHA (1913-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 38

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: gouache and watercolour
  • Dimensions: 34 by 49cm., 13.2 5 by 19.2 5in.
  • Provenance: The Neptune Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • In the year this work was executed, 1957, Bea Orpen was hosting art appreciation talks to schools and adult groups throughout the country under the auspices of the Arts Council and the Charlotte Shaw Trust.

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THE VILLAGE
THE VILLAGE
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 39

Published Estimate: €12000-15000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original Bell Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 55 by 75cm., 21.7 5 by 29.5in.
  • Provenance: Bell Gallery, Belfast; Private collection
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THE BEDROOM
THE BEDROOM
Daniel O'Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 40

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on reverse of canvas
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 61cm., 20 by 24in.
  • Literature: Claudia Kinmonth, Irish Rural Interiors in Art, Yale University Press, 2006, pg 176 & 177, illustrated p.177
  • The Bedroom, also known as The Wake can be identified as a scene of mourning by the presence of the three candles lit and placed on the beside table in the left background of the work. Claudia Kinmonth in her text, Irish Rural Interiors in Art, dedicates considerable attention to this painting which she describes as follows, “[This painting]…, of a wake, shows a private, modest gathering, without the sign of drink or tobacco. The body seems to be laid out in white in a fireside curtained bed, possibly in an outshot, except the room with its framed painting over the small fireplace suggests a middle-class urban home rather than a farmhouse. Three candles are raised close to the deceased on a delicate little table, and the four figures calmly watch the body, which traditionally was never left unattended. One of them writes by the light of an oil lamp. The work is comparable to his earlier piece, Birth, which also centres on a bed with the family gathered around it, although this wake scene is comparatively more reflective in mood, and sorrowful rather than painful…” The overall tone of this work reflects a far more sombre event than would have been customary at a traditional Irish wake. The individuals depicted, as so often is the case with O’Neill’s figures, are physically close to one another but emotionally distant, each grieving in isolation. The flickers of light from the candles, dappled across the deceased’s bed, are picked up in the gas lamp in the foreground which illuminates the figures at the table, one of whom is writing on a piece of paper. O’Neill deliberately leaves a space at the table for the viewer, perhaps suggesting the universality of loss or to call attention to the brevity of life.

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FIGURE AND WAVES, c.1969
FIGURE AND WAVES, c.1969
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 41

Published Estimate: €10000-12000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Signature: signed lower left; original exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 61 by 76cm., 24 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; James Morrison Esq.; Private collection, Belfast; Whyte's, Dublin, 27 April 2004, lot 85; Private collection
  • Exhibited: `Nano Reid', Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 11-26 April (96), catalogue no. 8 (85gns)
  • Seascapes and nautical subjects featured in many of Nano Reid’s mature works. In her solo show at the Dawson Gallery in 1962 she showed Waves on Stones and four years later at the same venue she exhibited Sailors Ashore. Her 1976 exhibition at the Dawson included Waves Breaking on the Shore, Figure by the Sea, Seated Figure by the Sea, and Waves and Boat. The perpetual movement of waves evidently attracted her and spurred her to create some of her most abstract works. Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda and the new F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, Co. Down will host an exhibition of Nano Reid and Gerard Dillon’s work from 5 November to 20 January 2010 and from 29 January to 2 May 2010 respectively. The artists’ friendship will be used as a framework to compare and contrast their work, while also situating them within their respective cultural and artistic contexts. Particular attention will be paid to their shared interest in the Celtic carving and medieval monuments of the Boyne, as well as their shared enthusiasm for the west of Ireland. Elements of which can be found in Figures and Waves.

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UNTITLED, 1958
UNTITLED, 1958
Camille Souter HRHA (b.1929)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 42

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed and dated upper right
  • Medium: oil on brown kraft paper
  • Dimensions: 49 by 76cm., 19.2 5 by 29.7 5in.
  • In 1958, Camille Souter was awarded an Italian Government travel scholarship of 240.000 lire. It was not a fantastically large sum but she also sold a large number of works through the office of Dr. Michael Scott of Scott Tallon Walker Architects that helped to finance a trip to Italy. Souter would spend most of her time in the Veneto region, arriving in the fishing port of Chioggia on 25 September. After a couple of weeks living on the Calle Olivotti, she moved to a family owned farm in nearby Sottomarina. Even with the benefit of a scholarship, times were tough. It is telling that the owners of the farm referred to her as “povera Camille” or “poor Camille”. This work was almost certainly painted during, or shortly after, Souter’s Italian sojourn. Like many of her early works, it makes use of relatively cheap non-traditional materials. It has been painted on brown kraft paper and employs relatively simplified pared down graphic elements - black lines over a lightly textured ochre background. As is often the case with Souter’s early paintings, the subject matter is not immediately obvious. This does not mean that it is a non-representational “abstract” painting as artists such as Wassily Kandinsky understood the term. All of Souter’s paintings are representational. Some, such as this work, use more symbolic forms. They operate in a manner similar to signs and are intended to signify something experienced personally. It is difficult to be certain what is signified in this instance; however there is a deliberate structure to the lines in the painting that is suggestive of a boat in a channel of water. The diagonal and vertical lines almost appear to mimic the movement of a pole propelling a gondola. It is pushed vertically downward. The point of contact on the canal bed moves away from the back of gondola as the vessel is driven forward. The pole is then lifted upward out of the water before the process repeated. It moves from close to vertical to diagonal with each stroke. The two horizontals, to my mind, may delineate the edge of a canal. This is a very modern approach to painting. The geometry or perspective is psychological and non-Euclidean. We are not being presented with a single instant isolated in space and time but a sequence of movements. Souter would adopt a similar approach in several of her paintings during the fifties. One need only look to The Chess Game, Cycling to Chioggia and Buon Divertimento for examples. The latter two paintings were also produced in 1958 during Souter’s stay in Italy. Garrett Cormican August, 2009

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DEIRDRE MC CLENAGHAN (THE ARTIST'S NIECE), 1952
DEIRDRE MC CLENAGHAN (THE ARTIST'S NIECE), 1952
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 43

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €16000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 90 by 50cm., 35.5 by 19.5in.
  • Provenance: Family of the sitter
  • Exhibited: it is possible that this work was exhibited as 'Portrait of a Young Girl', at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 1952, catalogue no. 141 (£73-10-0)
  • By the 1950s Norah McGuinness’ reputation in the Irish arts scene was impressive. Having acquired a solid training in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art in 1921, complemented by subsequent accolades and her first exhibition in the Royal Hibernian Academy 1924, McGuinness later developed her skills abroad, first, in London at the Chelsea Polytechnic, and later in Paris from 1929 to 1931 under André L’Hôte. In 1943 Norah McGuinness was one of the founding members of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art (IELA), of which she later became President, following the death of Mainie Jellett in 1944. She retained this position until 1972. In 1950 she was selected alongside Nano Reid to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale and in 1957 she was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy. This portrait of the artist’s niece, Deirdre McClenaghan, 1952, can be read in the context of the artist’s achievements, experiences and exposures up until 1952. As an artist McGuinness’ technique was in constant flux, frequently absorbing new techniques and assimilating them to suit her own intuitive style. Unlike her contemporaries, Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone, who also studied under L’Hôte, McGuinness did not fully adopt the cubist approach but rather fashioned elements of it with a fauvist appreciation of colour to create her own unique reading of her subject. Here the decorativeness that had been predominant in her 1940s work has been replaced by a return to more cubist tendencies and a paring back to the essentials. Deirdre McClenaghan was Norah McGuinness’ niece, daughter to her sister, Charlotte, a dedicated advocate of her work. This painting, located in the artist’s studio home in 13 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin, is an example of one of the many occasions in which Deirdre posed for the artist. Here Deirdre is depicted as a young confident and vivacious girl of nineteen, who, like her aunt, gravitated towards the arts. At the time when this portrait was painted Deirdre was looking forward to pursuing her studies in theatre, a choice which was perhaps inspired by her aunt’s earlier achievements in the industry, such as the costumes and decorations she designed for W.B. Yeats’ Deirdre at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. The portrait captures this sense of anticipation, excitement and the enthusiasm of youth. In this work McGuinness’ style echoes elements of the teaching of ‘The School of Paris’ with its familiar hints of cubism. Here these are expressed in the angular structure of the sitter, the folds in her dress, the drapes and foliage and their overall positioning within the composition. The sitter’s direct gaze mirrors her self-assured nature and is captured in equally confident brushstrokes by her aunt. She holds her purse loosely in one hand and the arm of the chair with the other, legs crossed; confident. Deirdre is positioned between elements of nature the colours of which, the blues, greens and pinks, are picked up in her face and clothes. These earthy tones and the sitter’s quiet confidence are enlivened by a vibrancy of brushstrokes which breathes life into the objects surrounding her and add a suggestion of spontaneity to the sitter. From the 1940s to 1960s Norah McGuinness held her own in the arts scene as evidenced in her recurring and highly successful solo exhibitions with the Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin, the Leicester Gallery, London and the Dawson Gallery, Dublin. This portrait, which is likely to have been exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1952, is testament to her achievements at this point in her career and to her unyielding devotion to her encouraging and inspiring family.

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FLORAL STILL LIFE STUDY
FLORAL STILL LIFE STUDY
Stella Steyn (1907-1987)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 44

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €1000


STREET SCENE FROM A WINDOW
STREET SCENE FROM A WINDOW
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 45

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €2800

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: gouache
  • Dimensions: 61 by 46cm., 24 by 18in.
  • In 1929, on the advice of Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness travelled to Paris to study under André Lhôte. It is possible that this work depicts a Parisian street scene with the archetypical lamppost and awning-covered shop fronts in the foreground.

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FORTWILLIAM, BELFAST, c.1940
FORTWILLIAM, BELFAST, c.1940
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 46

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5400

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed with location and artist's name on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 47 by 60cm., 18.5 by 23.5in.
  • Provenance: Oriel Gallery, Dublin; Private collection
  • A very rare early work by Markey depicting the Fortwilliam district of North Belfast, possibly the earliest of his works seen to date at auction.

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OLD CHURCHYARD BY THE SEA
OLD CHURCHYARD BY THE SEA
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 47

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: pen and ink with gouache over pencil
  • Dimensions: 25 by 36cm., 9.75 by 14in.
  • Provenance: Family of the artist
  • Norah McGuinness lived for many years in the suburb of Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin. The surrounding coastal villages provided rich subject matter for the artist who is renowned for her atypical interpretation of the Irish landscape. The present owner thinks that this scene is in South County Dublin.

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GYPSIES
GYPSIES
Kathleen Margaret Pearson (1898-1961)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 48

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 48 by 74cm., 19 by 29in.
  • An equestrian and portrait painter in oil born Cheshire, Pearson studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, in 1920, then at the Royal Academy Schools, from 1921-1926. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, Royal Scottish Academy and the Society of Women Artists among others and her work can be found in the collection of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, Bournemouth and Sunderland Museum and Art Gallery.

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MILKING TIME
MILKING TIME
Harold Dearden (1888-1969)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 49

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: 

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title inscribed on label verso
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 56 by 78cm., 22 by 30.7 5in.
  • Harold Dearden was a British painter in oil and watercolour. He studied at the Rochdale School of Art, Lancashire, from 1905-10 and later at the Royal College of Art in London under Gerald Moira. From 1920-50 he was head of the Swindon Art School and was also President of the Swindon Artist's Society. He exhibited widely throughout his career, both at principal London galleries and in Swindon.

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WEST LEAZE, SWINDON
WEST LEAZE, SWINDON
Harold Dearden (1888-1969)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 28 September 2009 / 50

Published Estimate: €400-500

Price Realised: €300

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original inscribed label on reverse; also with small biography of the artist affixed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 41 by 48cm., 16 by 19in.
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