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BRINGING HOME THE TURF
BRINGING HOME THE TURF
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 1

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title on reverse; also with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 18 by 24cm., 7 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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CHILDREN PLAYING ON BEACH
CHILDREN PLAYING ON BEACH
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 2

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: €2100

  • Signature: with inscribed label detailing provenance on reverse; also with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 15 by 10cm., 6 by 4in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:From the Collection of Joan and Ettie French; The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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GIRL WITH TOBOGGAN
GIRL WITH TOBOGGAN
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 3

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €6000

  • Signature: signed with initials lower left; with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 15 by 23cm., 6 by 9in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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ALPINE TREE, 1914
ALPINE TREE, 1914
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 4

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €3600

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; also with typed Combridge Gallery framing label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 25 by 18cm., 10 by 7in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Combridge Gallery, Dublin
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BOGLAND RIVER, 1914
BOGLAND RIVER, 1914
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 5

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 23 by 32cm., 9 by 12.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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BRIGHT SKY OVER BOG LAKE
BRIGHT SKY OVER BOG LAKE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 6

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €3300


A COUNTRY ROAD, 1908
A COUNTRY ROAD, 1908
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 7

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €3200

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; with indistinct artist's inscription on reverse; also with original H.E. Mealand [11-13 Knightsbridge Green, London] label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 17 by 24cm., 6.75 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Adam's and Bonhams, 31 May 2000, lot 163
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BOG LANDSCAPE, WEST OF IRELAND
BOG LANDSCAPE, WEST OF IRELAND
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 8

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €4000


SAILING BOATS IN A LOUGH, 1909
SAILING BOATS IN A LOUGH, 1909
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 9

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €3200


ROAD TO MOUNTAINS
ROAD TO MOUNTAINS
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 10

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €3800


AMONG THE MOURNE MOUNTAINS
AMONG THE MOURNE MOUNTAINS
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 11

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2400

  • Signature: signed lower right; signed and inscribed with title and artist's address [Clifton Hill, London] on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 20 by 27cm., 7.75 by 10.5in.
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TREES AND RIVER LANDSCAPE
TREES AND RIVER LANDSCAPE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 12

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1500

  • Signature: signed lower left; with title on reverse; with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 17 by 22cm., 6.5 by 8.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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HAPPY HOURS
HAPPY HOURS
Samuel McCloy (1831-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 13

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1700

  • Signature: signed lower left; with title and artist's name inscribed on label on reverse; with ornate Ralf Smyth & Co. framing label on reverse
  • Medium: pencil and watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour
  • Dimensions: 35 by 48cm., 13.7 5 by 18.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:With Ralph Smyth & Co., Coventry; 'The Irish Sale', Christie's, 8 May 2008, lot 33 (1)
  • Samuel McCloy was born in Lisburn and apprenticed under James and Thomas Smyth engravers in Belfast. McCloy worked for sometime in Belfast and later London until he was appointed Master of the Waterford School of Art in 1853. He exhibited occasionally with the RHA between 1862 and 1882. In his latter years McCloy returned to London where he contributed works to several exhibitions before his death in Balham in 1904. Strickland lists his work in the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Belfast Art Gallery. See Strickland Vol. II, p.55-56.

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WILD FLOWERS WITH VIEW OF DOE CASTLE BEYOND
WILD FLOWERS WITH VIEW OF DOE CASTLE BEYOND
Andrew Nicholl RHA (1804-1886)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 14

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €6000

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: pen and ink and watercolour heightened with bodycolour
  • Dimensions: 33 by 50cm., 13 by 19.5in.
  • Doe Castle, ancient seat of the Mac Sweeney Chiefs of Doc, is situated on an inlet of Sheephaven Bay in County Donegal.

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THE GARDEN CART
THE GARDEN CART
Mildred Anne Butler RWS (1858-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 15

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €16000

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed with title, location and exhibition in pencil on reverse; inscribed [Kilmurry, Thomastown]; numbered [No.1] and with title on Watercolour Society exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and pencil heightened with bodycolour
  • Dimensions: 35 by 51cm., 13.7 5 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'The Irish Sale', Christie's, 10 May 2007, lot 4
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:The Watercolour Society of Ireland, Dublin, catalogue untraced
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FIGURES IN A VILLAGE, 1860
FIGURES IN A VILLAGE, 1860
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 16

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5200

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with label affixed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on millboard
  • Dimensions: 30 by 36cm., 12 by 14.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Adam's & Bonhams, 28 May 2008, lot 94
  • In original gilt frame. A similar work, dated 1853, was offered as A Knotty Point (as per the artist's label on reverse), at Whyte's on 4 October 2010, lot 58.

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A YOUNG MAN LIGHTING HIS PIPE and AN OLD WOMAN WITH A RED SCARF (A PAIR)
A YOUNG MAN LIGHTING HIS PIPE and AN OLD WOMAN WITH A RED SCARF (A PAIR)
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 17

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: the first bearing signature lower right
  • Medium: watercolour and bodycolour over pencil on paper
  • Dimensions: 18 by 15cm., 7.25 by 5.75in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Whyte's, 26 April 2005, lot 128
  • Both works of equal dimensions. Framed and mounted uniformly.

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A SAMPLE FROM THE MOUNTAINS, 1851
A SAMPLE FROM THE MOUNTAINS, 1851
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 18

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and dated lower centre
  • Medium: oil on panel
  • Dimensions: 37 by 27cm., 14.5 by 10.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'The Irish Sale', Sotheby's, 7 May 2008, lot 113
  • Contained in original gilt frame with title and artist's name printed centre.

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CONTEMPLATION
CONTEMPLATION
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 19

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: inscribed on back with title and medium; also with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 42 by 33cm., 16.5 by 13in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
  • Further inscription on reverse reads: "panel from Percy French door".

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"AN OBSTINATE JURYMAN:- HE NEVER MET WITH ELEVEN MORE OBSTINATE MEN"
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 20

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 34 by 30cm., 13.5 by 11.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Adam's & Bonhams, 31 May 2000, lot 121
  • Contained in an antique gilt frame with title and artist's name within the mount lower centre.

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MAN PLAYING A PIPE
MAN PLAYING A PIPE
Attributed to Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 21

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €0


PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN AS A PILGRIM, ON A TRACK, HOLDING A STAFF WITH A GOURD AND A BIBLE, 1836
PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN AS A PILGRIM, ON A TRACK, HOLDING A STAFF WITH A GOURD AND A BIBLE, 1836
Edward Daniel Leahy (1797-1875)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 22

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: bearing partial signature and date lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 80 by 64cm., 31.5 by 25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'The Irish Sale', Christie's, 10 May 2007, lot 34 (Photo courtesy of Christie's Images/The Bridgeman Art Library)
  • Contained in what appears to be it's original ornate gilt frame.
    Edward Daniel Leahy was a portrait and subject painter born in London of Irish descent. He studied in the Dublin Society's School and exhibited and won prizes for his work while in the capital. In 1820 he began exhibiting with the Royal Academy and later with the British Institute and the London Academy. From 1837 to 1845 he painted in Italy but continued to return to Ireland where portraiture dominated in his oeuvre. Among his celebrated historical pictures was Catching the Expression, 1824 which belonged to Thomas Moore.

    This present scene depicts a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. St. James, or Santiago, was, according to tradition, the first of the apostles to die for his faith. Spain, where he is thought to have preached, became his final resting ground and by the Middle Ages his sepulchre in Compostella had become one of the most sacred places of worship in the world. For further reading see Strickland, Vol. II, p.13-15, portrait of the artist illustrated, plate no. XXXVII.

    (Photo courtesy of Christie's Images/The Bridgeman Art Library)

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FISHING BOATS AT VILLEFRANCHE, c.1880
FISHING BOATS AT VILLEFRANCHE, c.1880
Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 23

Published Estimate: €40000-60000

Price Realised: €35000

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 61 by 102cm., 24 by 40in.
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:possibly exhibited at the RHA, 1899, no. 7
  • Literature: Literature:100 Years of Irish Art, The Oriel Gallery Silver Jubilee, Dublin, 1993, illustrated p.63 (as Fishing Boats at St. Malo)
  • After his apprenticeship years spent in Paris, the Forest of Fontainebleau and Rome, Nathaniel Hone returned to Ireland in c.1872. He married Magdalen Jameson and during the 1870s and 1880s, the couple made several visits to the Mediterranean coast of France, possibly on occasion sailing in Hone’s yacht. He was attracted by the beauty of the Côte d’Azur, and painted a number of landscapes and seascapes near Cannes, Nice, Villefranchesur-Mer, Menton, Bealieu and Antibes, and at Bordighera, across the border with Italy. These provided some of his earliest exhibits at The Royal Hibernian Academy, from 1876-1883.

    Hone was attracted by the coastal towns of Menton and Villefranche, with their fortified buildings and narrow alleyways, built to defend themselves against invaders, and pirates from the Barbary coast, their deep natural harbours, broad-beamed fishing boats with tall masts, and tranquil morning and evening light. Hone painted a series of canvases of such subjects, each measuring around 24 by 40 inches, including Menton, Evening, ‘Irish Sale’, Sotheby’s May 1996, lot 433), Villefranche from the East (NGI, no. 1361), the present picture of Villefranche, and Mediterranean Harbour Scene, (probably Antibes and the Alpes Maritimes; exhibited in The French Connexion, Adam’s, Ava Gallery, Bangor, Hunt Museum, Limerick, 2010, no.9)

    In Menton, Evening Hone views the town, with its tall houses on the seafront and church on the hill, with fishing boats in the bay on the left, two men on the rocks in the right foreground, and a harbour and fishing fleet in the background. Villefranche, which Hone probably visited in c.1880, was a pretty harbour town just east of Nice, sheltered between the Mont Boron peninsula and notable for its deep natural bay, its 16th century citadel, the medieval Chapelle de St. Pierre, the covered Rue Obscure, and the pathway below the cliffs which is visible in Hone’s pictures. Hone takes a similar view to that of Menton, observing the towns from the east, with the open sea to the left behind.

    The National Gallery of Ireland picture Villefranche form the East (illustrated p.19 of auction catalogue) may be an evening scene, showing fishing boats in the bay, while the town and rocks are in shadow. The present picture takes a similar viewpoint and the rocks in the right foreground show that he is observing the scene from the shore. This picture may have been painted in the early morning, with the boats clustered together, their sails catching the light of the rising sun. In both pictures the pale apricot glow of the sky meets the pale glowing turquoise of the sea in a calm horizon line, evoking a dreamy/Romantic mood.

    In the background the castle-like walls of the tall houses, the rocks and cypress trees, and the figures walking along the pathway below the cliffs on their way to work, are shown in shadow. In the left-centre of the picture three fishing boats are shown: a rowing boat, a medium sized craft with a red line painted around its black hull, and a larger vessel, its hull painted a pale blue, whose tall sails catch the light. Although figures are generally subordinate to the landscape in Hone’s pictures, the scene of fishing boats with six men preparing for work, raising the sails, forms a charming vignette within the picture. Generally, Hone’s approach is naturalistic, but there is an underlying Romanticism in his Mediterranean paintings, the burnished tonality, and the scenes of fishermen, evoking a tranquil, Classical, Homeric world.

    Moreover, the touches of white, red and blue in the men’s clothing and the ochre in the sail provide cheerful notes of colour in the generally subdued palette. In the distance, the western part of the town, with a castle and fishing fleet, catch the sunlight. Hone employs bold brushstrokes, for example in the textured walls of the houses, the sails of the boats, and their reflections in the sea, and in the bold sweeps of paint across the bay, indicating ripples in the calm water.

    Hone painted a few other pictures in Villefranche and its surroundings: including a smaller painting of the town, and some watercolours. The picture has a hand-carved Waddington Gallery-style gilded frame.

    Dr. Julian Campbell
    Cork, October 2010

    1. It is worth nothing that the picture is catalogued as Villefranche from the West in the National Gallery (catalogue no. 1360) is not of Villefranche, but is probably of Clovelly in Devon, England.
    2. Thomas Bodkin, Four Irish Landscape Painters Dublin, 1920, Dermot O’Brien, catalogue no. 534.

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SHIPS OFF NORTH AMERICA
SHIPS OFF NORTH AMERICA
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 24

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €2300

  • Signature: signed with initials and dated lower right; with inscribed label detailing provenance on reverse; also with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 24 by 34cm., 9.5 by 13.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The collection of Joan and Ettie French; The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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THE RED SAIL
THE RED SAIL
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 25

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2300

  • Signature: signed lower left; with inscribed label detailing provenance on reverse; also with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 17 by 24cm., 6.5 by 9.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The collection of Joan and Ettie French; The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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STEAMSHIP IN BAY, DUSK and ENTERING THE LIFFEY
STEAMSHIP IN BAY, DUSK and ENTERING THE LIFFEY
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 26

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €1300


A COASTAL VIEW, 1837
A COASTAL VIEW, 1837
John Duncan King (1789-1863)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 27

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €3100

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 45 by 59cm., 17.7 5 by 23.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'The 10th Anniversary Irish Sale', Christie's, 12 May 2006, lot 27A
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BEACHED VESSEL
BEACHED VESSEL
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 28

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €2000

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 38 by 27cm., 15 by 10.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
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FISHERMAN IN A CURRACH, 1911-1913
FISHERMAN IN A CURRACH, 1911-1913
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 29

Published Estimate: €100000-150000

Price Realised: €145000

  • Signature: with original Dawson Gallery framing label on reverse; also with Oriel Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 51 by 76cm., 20 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Oriel Gallery, Dublin
  • Literature: Literature:Nulty, Oliver (ed.), 100 Years of Irish Art, Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Nicholson & Bass Ltd., Dublin, 1998 (reproduction colour, p.60, as Fisherman, Killary Bay); Kennedy, S.B. Dr., Paul Henry: with a Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings and Illustrations, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2007, p.165, catalogue no. 352 (illustrated)
  • Painted shortly after Paul Henry first arrived on Achill Island in 1910, a time when he was excited more by the way of life he found there than by the landscape itself. This is one of a number of figurative works others well known include Old People Watching a Dance, The Potato Diggers and Launching the Currach (National Gallery of Ireland), all painted during 1910-11, and The Lobster Fisher, 1911-13 that record his excitement at his new-found surroundings and a life that to him echoed that which John Millington Synge had found on the Aran Islands a decade or so earlier. Indeed in time, Henry was to hew from Achill a body of work comparable to Synge's achievement. The forcefulness of this dramatic composition has been brought about by the diagonal thrust of the foreground cliffs which contrast with the movement and direction of the tiny, perilous currach and shows Henry at the height of his powers. These “cockle shells”, he later wrote, were manned by “intrepid fishermen”. “The currach was the ideal craft for their type of work as it was light and easily moved above high water and spring tides” he said. Importantly, too, “it required no harbours” (Henry, An Irish Portrait, 1951, p.57-8). The deceptive simplicity of the composition is further heightened by the directness of the brushwork which has been set down briskly and left unchanged by a small sable haired brush. The gentle eddying of the water where the rocks meet the sea and the trail from the moving currach, emphasise both the depth of the waters and their dangers. The composition also illustrates the influence of French Post-Impressionist painting on Henry at this time. The setting is Achill Island and must almost certainly be the Cathedral Rocks at the northern end of the Menawn Cliffs at Keel; the distant island is Inishgallon.

    Dr. S.B. Kennedy
    October, 2010

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DIGGING POTATOES
DIGGING POTATOES
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 30

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €18000

  • Signature: signed upper right; with inscribed artist's label preserved on reverse; with Victor Waddington Gallery label on reverse; also with Leinster Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: crayon with watercolour on paper
  • Dimensions: 39 by 49cm., 15.2 5 by 19.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Oriel Gallery, Dublin
  • Literature: Literature:Nulty, Oliver (ed.), 100 Years of Irish Art, Oriel Gallery, Nicholson & Bass Ltd., Dublin, 1998, p. 28 (illustrated)
  • In 1929 Conor showed forty-five crayon drawings at the Godfrey Phillips Gallery, Duke Street, London.

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SHARING A JOKE ON MARKET DAY
SHARING A JOKE ON MARKET DAY
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 31

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: €9000


THE POTATO PICKERS
THE POTATO PICKERS
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 32

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €21000

  • Signature: signed upper left; with title on original label preserved on reverse; also with original Dawson Gallery framing label on reverse; with inscribed Leinster Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: crayon and pastel on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 48 by 37cm., 19 by 14.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Leinster Gallery, Dublin
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STEPPING OUT, 1922
STEPPING OUT, 1922
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 33

Published Estimate: €12000-15000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: crayon with charcoal and pencil on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 52 by 40cm., 20.5 by 15.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Oriel Gallery, Dublin
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:Possibly exhibited as In The Street at the Royal Glasgow Institute of The Fine Arts, 1922, catalogue no. 615 [£8-8-0]
  • Literature: Literature:Nulty, Oliver (ed.), 100 Years of Irish Art, Oriel Gallery, Dublin, Nicholson & Bass Ltd., 1998, p.27 (illustrated)
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THE MUSICIAN, 1923
THE MUSICIAN, 1923
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 34

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: €13000

  • Signature: signed upper left; signed, dated and titled again on reversewith inscribed John Magee Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: crayon with charcoal on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 38 by 30cm., 15 by 11.7 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:John Magee, Belfast; Oriel Gallery, Dublin
  • Literature: Literature:Nulty, Oliver (ed.), 100 Years of Irish Art, Oriel Gallery, Dublin, (illustrated)
  • A similar work in composition and content, in oil, entitled, The Melodian Player, was illustrated p.11 in the November-December, 1923 issue of Colour Magazine, article entitled The Art of William Conor.

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THE MILL GIRL
THE MILL GIRL
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 36

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4600

  • Signature: signed upper left; with inscribed John Magee Ltd. label on reverse; also with second typed label on reverse
  • Medium: pen and ink with watercolour and crayon on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 29 by 20cm., 11.5 by 8in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:John Magee Ltd., Belfast; Private collection; Adam's, 31 March, 2004, lot 33
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BANDSTAND, BOTANIC GARDENS, BELFAST
BANDSTAND, BOTANIC GARDENS, BELFAST
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 37

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: €10000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original William Rodman & Co. Ltd, Belfast, label affixed on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour and crayon
  • Dimensions: 64 by 75cm., 25 by 29.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:William Rodman & Co., Belfast; Private collection; 'The Irish Sale', Christie's, 17 May 2001, lot 127
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:’William Conor’, W.M. Rodman & Co., Ltd., Belfast, 26 April – 17 May, 1969, catalogue no. 37
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DONEGAL DANCER
DONEGAL DANCER
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 38

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title on reverse; also with inscription regarding provenance on reverse; with original John Magee Ltd., Belfast label on reverse
  • Medium: crayon, pastel and pencil on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 31 by 15cm., 12.2 5 by 6in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:House sale, Lynn Doyle, Malahide, Dublin; where purchased by Nelson Bell (then of John Magee Ltd., Belfast)
  • Inscription on reverse reads: " Mr Nelson Bell of John Magee Ltd., told me on 6 August 1963 that he bought this drawing with other pictures by Conor at the sale at the late Lynn Doyle's house, Malahide. Conor and Doyle were close friends."

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PORTRAIT OF AN OFFICER, 1918
PORTRAIT OF AN OFFICER, 1918
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 39

Published Estimate: €1200-1500

Price Realised: €1900

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: pencil, charcoal and pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 73 by 44cm., 28.7 5 by 17.5in.
  • In Jonathan Bell’s text on Conor, Drawing from Life, Appletree Press, Belfast, 2002, he illustrates a portrait of a Colonel Robert Wallace, 1916 (p.114). According to Bell, around 1915 Colonel Wallace came in contact with William Conor. Primary sources say Wallace’s daughter recalls her father finding Conor, “…in the gutter” and that he later brought the artist back to their family home in Myra Castle, Downpatrick on and off over the next couple of years. Wallace commanded the South Down Militia in the South African War and during WWI was in charge of recruitment to the regiment. During his stay in the Wallace household Conor produced a series of portraits of Colonel Wallace’s officers at Donard Lodge Camp for which this may be one.

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YOUNG MAN, 1925-1926
YOUNG MAN, 1925-1926
John Luke RUA (1906-1975)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 40

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €7000

  • Signature: signed and dated upper right; with inscribed Arts Council of Northern Ireland exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over pencil
  • Dimensions: 55 by 34cm., 21.5 by 13.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:Estate of the artist; Bell Gallery, Belfast
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'John Luke Retrospective', The Ulster Museum, Belfast and the Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, 1978, number 67 [Estate of the artist]; 'John Luke , Work from the Studio', The Bell Gallery, Belfast, February-March, 1980, no. 19
  • Literature: Literature:Nulty, Oliver (ed.), One Hundred Years of Irish Art, The Oriel Gallery Silver Jubilee (1968-1993), Nicolson & Bass Ltd., 1993, page 75 (illustrated)
  • Twenty-two works from The Bell Gallery exhibition were also exhibited at the artist's retrospective exhibition which took place two years previous. Several of these were also illustrated in John Luke (1906-1975) by John Hewitt.

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CEILIDH AT DUNBOYNE, c.1919
CEILIDH AT DUNBOYNE, c.1919
Eva Henrietta Hamilton (1876-1960)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 41

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €7200

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 58 by 54cm., 23 by 21.2 5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The artist's nephew, Major John Bonham; Private collection; Adam's & Bonhams, 31 May 2000, lot 70
  • Exhibited: Exhibited:'A Time and A Place', National Gallery of Ireland, 17 October 2006 - 28 January 2007
  • Literature: Literature:Mallie, Eamonn (ed.), One Hundred Years of Irish Art - A Millennium Presentation, Nicholson & Bass, Dublin, 2000, page 153 (illustrated)
  • ’A Time and a Place: Two Centuries of Irish Social Life’ in the National Gallery of Ireland brought together eighty-three paintings and watercolours by some of Ireland’s most gifted figurative painters of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries, among them Eva Henrietta Hamilton, William van der Hagen, James Arthur O’Connor, Lilian Davidson, William Conor, Seán Keating, Mainie Jellett, Harry Kernoff, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Elizabeth Rivers, Gerard Dillon and Louis le Brocquy.
    The exhibition encompassed themes such as sport, music, dance, theatre and entertainment, as well as religious and civic celebration. Ceilidh at Dunboyne, c.1919 was one of these crucial works which provides an invaluable insight into Ireland in the early 1900s. Here Hamilton depicts a traditional social gathering in her home town of Dunboyne, County Meath.

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AT THE WELL
AT THE WELL
Letitia Marion Hamilton RHA (1878-1964)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 42

Published Estimate: €8000-10000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; with partial Daniel Egan framing label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 42 by 47cm., 16.5 by 18.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'The Irish Sale', Christie's, 10 May 2007, lot 121
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SIDE FACE PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN
SIDE FACE PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN
Sean Keating PRHA HRA HRSA (1889-1977)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 43

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €0


DUBLIN CABBY or "I'LL LEAVE IT TO YOURSELF, SIR"
Harry Kernoff RHA (1900-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 44

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €3800

  • Signature: signed upper left; with title on reverse; with taxi number [7.528] on cabby's lapel
  • Medium: pastel and pencil on buff-coloured paper
  • Dimensions: 34 by 28cm., 13.5 by 11in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:The Kinlen Collection; Adam's and Bonhams, 28 May 2008, lot 28 as 'I'll Leave it to Yourself, Sir'
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ON THE BEACH, COUNTY DUBLIN
ON THE BEACH, COUNTY DUBLIN
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 45

Published Estimate: €10000-15000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 76 by 102cm., 30 by 40in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'The Irish Sale', Christie's, 17 May 2001, lot 142; Private collection
  • A similar composition featuring the same central figure entitled, Bathers - Skerries, was illustrated on the poster for the RHA 156th Annual Exhibition, June-July 1985.

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NORTH BEACH, RUSH, 14 JUNE, 1949
NORTH BEACH, RUSH, 14 JUNE, 1949
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 46

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; inscribed with title and date on reverse
  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 56 by 76cm., 22 by 30in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'Patrick Leonard HRHA', Adam's 26 April 2006, lot 14
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BOATS OFF-SHORE, JUNE, 1949
BOATS OFF-SHORE, JUNE, 1949
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 47

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €2900

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right
  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 64 by 85cm., 25 by 33.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'Patrick Leonard HRHA', Adam's 26 April 2006, lot 67
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WAITING FOR THE FERRY, WEXFORD, 1955
WAITING FOR THE FERRY, WEXFORD, 1955
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 48

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and dated and with location lower right
  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 37 by 56cm., 14.5 by 22in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'Patrick Leonard HRHA', Adam's 26 April 2006, lot 51
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NICOLO'S, BOAT, JUNE, 1983
NICOLO'S, BOAT, JUNE, 1983
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 49

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; signed again and variously inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 44 by 55cm., 17.5 by 21.5in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'Patrick Leonard HRHA', Adam's 26 April 2006, lot 112
  • Inscription on reverse reads: "Nicolo's Boat, from Dassia to Benitses dated 11am 10/6/83, Corfu."

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THEATRE ROYAL, STAGE DOOR, MAY 1951
THEATRE ROYAL, STAGE DOOR, MAY 1951
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 50

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; signed again and inscribed with title and date on reverse
  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 84 by 64cm., 33 by 25in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'Patrick Leonard HRHA', Adam's 26 April 2006, lot 38
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BY THE PIER, RUSH, 1942
BY THE PIER, RUSH, 1942
Patrick Leonard HRHA (1918-2005)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 29 November 2010 / 51

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and inscribed with date and location lower left
  • Medium: pastel on tinted paper
  • Dimensions: 61 by 51cm., 24 by 20in.
  • Provenance: Provenance:'Patrick Leonard HRHA', Adam's, 26 April 2006, lot 158
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