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BOG LANDSCAPE, 1916
BOG LANDSCAPE, 1916
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 1

Published Estimate: €€4000-€6000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 9 by 13in., 22.5 by 32.5cm.
  • Provenance: Oriel Gallery, Dublin, c.1990sWhere purchased by the present owner
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IN CONNEMARA, 1912
IN CONNEMARA, 1912
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 2

Published Estimate: €€2000-€3000

Price Realised: €1900

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left; with inscribed exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 7.25 by 10in., 18.125 by 25cm.
  • Provenance: A gift from the artist to Marjorie Elvery (sister of Lady Beatrice Glenavy);Thence by descent to the present owner
  • Exhibited: Modern Gallery, Bond St., London, autumn, 1912, catalogue no. 41
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TWO VIEWS OF THE GALTEES, 1910
TWO VIEWS OF THE GALTEES, 1910
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 3

Published Estimate: €€3000-€4000

Price Realised: €0


LANDSCAPE WITH PINE TREES AND LAKE
LANDSCAPE WITH PINE TREES AND LAKE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 4

Published Estimate: €€2000-€3000

Price Realised: €0


PURPLE HEATHERS AND MOUNTAINS
PURPLE HEATHERS AND MOUNTAINS
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 5

Published Estimate: €€1500-€2000

Price Realised: €0


COTTAGES WITH MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THE DISTANCE
COTTAGES WITH MOUNTAIN RANGE IN THE DISTANCE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 6

Published Estimate: €€1000-€1500

Price Realised: €1800

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 4.75 by 6.75in., 11.875 by 16.875cm.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner's family
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A BOG LAKE
A BOG LAKE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 7

Published Estimate: €€1500-€1800

Price Realised: €1400


TALL TREES WITH TURF STACKS BEYOND
TALL TREES WITH TURF STACKS BEYOND
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 8

Published Estimate: €€1500-€1800

Price Realised: €2300


ON THE ROCKS [ROCK OF CASHEL, COUNTY TIPPERARY]
ON THE ROCKS [ROCK OF CASHEL, COUNTY TIPPERARY]
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 9

Published Estimate: €€2000-€2500

Price Realised: €2100

  • Signature: signed lower left; titled on reverse; with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 9.75 by 6.5in., 24.375 by 16.25cm.
  • Provenance: Oriel Gallery, Dublin; Private collection;Whyte's, 30 May 2011, lot 66A;Whence purchased by the present owner
  • Literature: Nulty, Oliver, Lead Kindly Light, 35 Years of Percy French at the Oriel Gallery: A Millennium Retrospective, Oriel Gallery, Dublin, 2002, p.122 (illustrated)
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LIGHT GLISTENING ON WATER
LIGHT GLISTENING ON WATER
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 10

Published Estimate: €€1500-€1800

Price Realised: €2200


SAIL BOATS ON A LAKE, 1914
SAIL BOATS ON A LAKE, 1914
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 11

Published Estimate: €€1200-€1500

Price Realised: €1600

  • Signature: signed with initials and dated lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 5 by 9.75in., 12.5 by 24.375cm.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner's family
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BOG LAKE
BOG LAKE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 12

Published Estimate: €€2000-€3000

Price Realised: €2900


SNOW SCENE WITH LOG CABIN, SWITZERLAND
SNOW SCENE WITH LOG CABIN, SWITZERLAND
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 13

Published Estimate: €€1000-€1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 5 by 6.5in., 12.5 by 16.25cm.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner's family
  • A similar scene can be found in the North Down Museum, dated 1914.

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PINE FOREST AT SUNSET
PINE FOREST AT SUNSET
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 14

Published Estimate: €€700-€900

Price Realised: €1250

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 4.75 by 6.75in., 11.875 by 16.875cm.
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner's family
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DUBLIN 1916 INCLUDING A VIEW OF THE IRISH REPUBLIC FLAG OVER THE G.P.O., SACKVILLE STREET (A PAIR)
DUBLIN 1916 INCLUDING A VIEW OF THE IRISH REPUBLIC FLAG OVER THE G.P.O., SACKVILLE STREET (A PAIR)
Edmond Delrenne (Belgian, fl.1915-18)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 15

Published Estimate: €€3000-€5000

Price Realised: €2900

  • Signature: signed and inscribed [Dublin] and dated lower left
  • Medium: pastel; (2)
  • Dimensions: 6 by 9.5in., 15 by 23.75cm.
  • Dimensions of second work, 5.75 by 8.5in. Edmond Delrenne was a Belgian refugee who arrived in Dublin circa 1914 and remained here throughout the First World War. He exhibited four war scenes at the RHA in 1915 and 1916, giving his address as care of Dermod O'Brien, at whose home in Cahirmoyle, Co. Limerick, he stayed for a period. According to Dermod O'Brien's son, Dr Brendan O'Brien, Delrenne was in Dublin at the time of the 1916 Easter Rising and witnessed a man beside him killed by a stray bullet (see Adrian le Harivel and Michael Wynne (ed.s), National Gallery of Ireland Acquisitions 1982-1983, NGI, Dublin, 1984). One of Delrenne's watercolours is in the collection of the National Gallery (NGI 18,486), whilst an oil painting of his sold with Whyte's, 9 April 2006, lot 128, and later, two watercolours of Dublin dated 1916 also sold through Whyte's on 30 April 2007, lot 102.

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MALLARDS IN FLIGHT
MALLARDS IN FLIGHT
Andrew Nicholl RHA (1804-1886)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 16

Published Estimate: €€2000-€3000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: watercolour with bodycolour and sgraffito
  • Dimensions: 14 by 23in., 35 by 57.5cm.
  • Provenance: Whyte's, 28 November 2006, lot 114;Whence purchased by the present owner
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VIEW OF THE GREAT SUGAR LOAF AND LITTLE SUGAR LOAF, COUNTY WICKLOW
VIEW OF THE GREAT SUGAR LOAF AND LITTLE SUGAR LOAF, COUNTY WICKLOW
William Sadler II (c.1782-1839)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 17

Published Estimate: €€5000-€6000

Price Realised: €0


DONNYBROOK FAIR IN ALL ITS GLORY, 1830
DONNYBROOK FAIR IN ALL ITS GLORY, 1830
William Sadler II (c.1782-1839)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 18

Published Estimate: €€2000-€3000

Price Realised: €0


HIS OWN FIRESIDE
HIS OWN FIRESIDE
Erskine Nicol ARA RSA (1825-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 19

Published Estimate: €€6000-€7000

Price Realised: €5000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title printed on slip
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 18 by 24.5in., 45 by 61.25cm.
  • Provenance: Gorry Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: likely to have been exhibited at the RSA, Edinburgh, 1861, no. 405 as His own Foirside [sic] (Lent by John Walker Esq., of Holywell Green);'An Exhibition of 18th - 21st Century Irish Paintings', Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 26 May to 8 June, 2013, catalogue no. 34 (illustrated on p. 11)
  • Scottish born Erskine Nicol began to visit Ireland during the Famine period (from 1846). He is celebrated for his acute attention to detail in his genre scenes. The subject of the present work is a Victorian Irish bachelor mending his clothes watched closely from behind the door by a woman in a red petticoat. Delightful details include, the holy water font in the window, the wove basket of wool and needles and the subject's blue and white Connemara walking socks. For further reading see, Dr. Claudia Kinmonth's note, Gorry Gallery catalogue 2013.

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A LECTURE ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS, COCKERMOUTH, CUMBRIA, 1888
A LECTURE ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS, COCKERMOUTH, CUMBRIA, 1888
Richard Staunton Cahill (1826-1904)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 20

Published Estimate: €€1500-€2000

Price Realised: €2100

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 15 by 11in., 37.5 by 27.5cm.
  • Cockermouth presented a petition on suffrage in April 1869. On 17 January 1882 Lydia Becker promoted William Woodall's bill at a meeting at Cockermouth. Later, in 1906, The Women's Social & Political Union helped prevent the Liberal candidate being elected at Cockermouth.

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SKETCHBOOK OF 20 WORKS INCLUDING PORTRAITS AND LIFE DRAWING
SKETCHBOOK OF 20 WORKS INCLUDING PORTRAITS AND LIFE DRAWING
Sarah Henrietta Purser HRHA (1848-1943)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 21

Published Estimate: €€2500-€3500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: variously inscribed, one signed [s.h. purser] and dated [17.7.94] lower right
  • Medium: pencil on paper bound in linen boards
  • Dimensions: 9.5 by 6in., 23.75 by 15cm.
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AGAINST WITCHES, 1880
AGAINST WITCHES, 1880
Howard Helmick (1845-1907)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 22

Published Estimate: €€5000-€6000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and dated lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 24 by 20in., 60 by 50cm.
  • Born in the United States, Helmick attended the Ohio Mechanics Institute in Cincinnati and later travelled to Paris and London where he became friendly with artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler. He exhibited at London's Royal Academy and several of the titles shown there suggest Irish subjects. The RHA, Dublin lists exhibits by him in 1879 and 1889 and his time spent in Cork was recorded by a writer friend, Hawthorne. For further reading see: Kinmonth, C., 'Howard Eaton Helmick Revisited; Matrimony and Material Culture through Irish Art' in V. Krielkamp ed., Rural Ireland: The Inside Story (Exhibition Catalogue, Boston College/McMullen Museum, 2012), 89-102.

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THE CHURCH OF ST. ROCH, PARIS, 1844
THE CHURCH OF ST. ROCH, PARIS, 1844
James Mahoney ARHA (1810-1879)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 23

Published Estimate: €€4000-€5000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: extensively inscribed on exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 24 by 30in., 60 by 75cm.
  • Provenance: The Collection of William Tighe of Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny, acquired through the Art Union of Ireland;with the Gorry Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1844, catalogue no. 55;'An Exhibition of 18th - 21st Century Irish Paintings', Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 26 May to 8 June, 2013, catalogue no. 8 (illustrated on p. 9)
  • Cork native James Mahoney is best known for his wonderful watercolours in the collection of the National Gallery of Ireland which depict the visit of Queen Victoria to the Industrial Exhibition in Dublin (1853).For further reading see: 'An Exhibition of 18th - 21st Century Irish Paintings', Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 26 May to 8 June, 2013.

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UN VERRE DE VIN
UN VERRE DE VIN
Aloysius C. O’Kelly (1853-1936)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 24

Published Estimate: €€5000-€7000

Price Realised: €6200

  • Signature: signed lower right
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 26 by 21.5in., 65 by 53.75cm.
  • Provenance: Family of the artist
  • Exhibited: 'An Exhibition of 17th - 20th Century Irish Paintings', Gorry Gallery, Dublin, 19 May to 2 June 2010, catalogue no. 30 (illustrated p.28)
  • Literature: O'Sullivan, Niamh, Aloysius O'Kelly: Art Nation, Empire, Dublin 2010, catalogue no. 81
  • O'Kelly executed a number of portraits of elderly men and women to exude character. These demonstrate his vigorous prowess as a portrait painter. What these portraits show is a progressively fluid and impressionistic treatment, as the handling becomes looser and livelier. The fisherman is dressed in his working clothes, smock and sabots. Pannier at his feet, he is smiling and at ease. Although verging on the monochromatic he seems to be full of the joys of life. Somewhat unusually or O'Kelly - who tends towards solemn when treating the fishermen and farmers, the labourers of the western seaboards of France and Ireland - this one has the air of a bon viveur. Sitting by the rustic table, bottle to hand, traces of Bonnat's influence, specifically his rugged naturalism, can clearly be discerned. In the virtuosity of draughtsmanship, these portraits are a tribute to Gérôme while the loose yet controlled brushwork, broad values, and the use of dramatic light and shade are a testimony to Bonnat's realist teaching. But, ultimately, O'Kelly's portraits are his own. From the late 1870s through to his old age, he produced a range of rural portraits of considerable power. Although psychologically penetrative, in many respects these portraits are less about the individual than the human condition. We are grateful to the Gorry Gallery and Prof. Niamh O'Sullivan for their permission to reproduce this note.

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EVENING MISTS, c.1891
EVENING MISTS, c.1891
Walter Frederick Osborne RHA ROI (1859-1903)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 25

Published Estimate: €€8000-€12000

Price Realised: €8500

  • Signature: signed lower left;
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 5.5 by 9in., 13.75 by 22.5cm.
  • Provenance: Collection of the late Mr. and Mrs. Oisín Kelly;Adam's, 14 December 1989, lot 52;Whence purchased by the previous owner;Adam's, 5 December 2012, lot 63;Private collection
  • Exhibited: Dublin Art Club, 1891 [9.5gns]
  • Literature: Sheehy, Jeanne, Walter Osborne, Gifford & Craven, Ballycotton, Cork, 1974, p.130, catalogue no. 297 (listed);
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AN OFFICER, 1923 and THE RED WAISTCOAT (A PAIR)
AN OFFICER, 1923 and THE RED WAISTCOAT (A PAIR)
Eileen Reid (1894-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 26

Published Estimate: €€1000-€1500

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: the first, signed Oulton" (artist's maiden name), inscribed and dated on reverse; second, signed and with exhibition label on reverse "
  • Medium: oil on canvas; (2)
  • Dimensions: 27.5 by 21in., 68.75 by 52.5cm.
  • Provenance: Both by descent from the artist to the present owner
  • Exhibited: 'The studio of Eileen Reid, 1894-1981', Cynthia O'Connor Gallery, Dublin, 3-21 December 1984, catalogue nos. 30 and 18, respectively
  • Dimensions of The Red Waistcoat, 24 by 16ins.Re: An Officer, 1923Submitted for the annual exam at the Royal Academy Schools, 1924. This is possibly a portrait of the artist's husband Hugh C. Reid, who served in the Colonial Office in Nigeria. The pair married in June 1923 in St Stephen's Church, Dublin. Reid returned to Nigeria immediately after, only to contract black water fever and die in February 1924.Born Eileen Oulton, she lived most of her life at 19 Upper Mount St., Dublin. Interested in both art and music, she studied first at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and later at the RA School of Art London. Her early paintings show the influence of William Orpen who was a friend of the family. She married in 1923 but was widowed within a year, and soon afterwards abandoned oil painting in favour of watercolours. She was secretary for the WCSI for over 30 years , allowing administrative work to come before her own art. A retrospective was held at the Cynthia O'Connor Gallery in 1984. See Snoddy, p. 555-556.

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AN OLD SONG" [PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST'S SISTER ESSIE BUTLER], 1886"
Mildred Anne Butler RWS (1858-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 27

Published Estimate: €€3000-€5000

Price Realised: €2900

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; with various exhibition labels on reverse; also with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 10 by 6.5in., 25 by 16.25cm.
  • Provenance: Christie's, Glasgow, 28 October 1988, lot 297;with Oriel Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: The Butler Society, Kilkenny, 1982 (illustrated on front cover of catalogue);'Mildred Anne Butler (1858-1941): An Irish Edwardian Watercolour Collection', Crawford Municipal Art Gallery, Cork, 25 August to 30 September 1987, catalogue no. 5 (illustrated on cover of catalogue);'Mildred Anne Butler (1858-1941)', Ulster Museum Belfast, 29 April to 12 June, 1988 and Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, July to October 1988, catalogue no. 3
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<i>AN ONLOOKER IN FRANCE<D> [1924] ILLUSTRATED WITHIN BY THE ARTIST
AN ONLOOKER IN FRANCE [1924] ILLUSTRATED WITHIN BY THE ARTIST
Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 28

Published Estimate: €€1000-€1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: illustrated, signed, inscribed and dated
  • Medium: book
  • Dimensions: 9.75 by 7in., 24.375 by 17.5cm.
  • Illustrated with a humorous self-portrait of Orpen holding a glass of whiskey on the front free-endpaper of his book An Onlooker in France 1917-1919, published by Williams and Norgate, London, 1924. Illustration is dedicated and signed, London, 1930.

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MYSELF WALKING DOWN THE CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES DURING THE PEACE CONFERENCE [PARIS] 1919
MYSELF WALKING DOWN THE CHAMPS-ÉLYSÉES DURING THE PEACE CONFERENCE [PARIS] 1919
Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 29

Published Estimate: €€800-€1200

Price Realised: €850

  • Signature: signed [Le Petit Major] and dedicated upper left; inscribed with title and dated lower left
  • Medium: ink and wash over pencil
  • Dimensions: 9.5 by 6.75in., 23.75 by 16.875cm.
  • Provenance: Whyte's, 30 April 2007, lot 87;Private collection
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ILLUSTRATED LETTER TO SIR HUGH LANE: PUZZLE FIND THE OWNER OF THE STUDIO (c.1906-1908)
ILLUSTRATED LETTER TO SIR HUGH LANE: PUZZLE FIND THE OWNER OF THE STUDIO (c.1906-1908)
Sir William Orpen RA RI RHA (1878-1931)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 30

Published Estimate: €€800-€1000

Price Realised: €750

  • Signature: dedicated, signed and illustrated
  • Medium: ink on [5, Bolton Gardens South, S.W.] letterhead; (double-sided)
  • Dimensions: 6.75 by 8.75in., 16.875 by 21.875cm.
  • Provenance: Christie's, London, 12 May 2006, lot 70;Private collection
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THE CAROL SINGER
THE CAROL SINGER
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 31

Published Estimate: €€3000-€4000

Price Realised: €0


CHRIST'S COMING
CHRIST'S COMING
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 32

Published Estimate: €€2000-€3000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed upper right in monogram; with Dawson Gallery labels preserved on reverse
  • Medium: Indian ink
  • Dimensions: 4.75 by 4in., 11.875 by 10cm.
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Private collection, Galway;Whyte's, 21 February 2006, lot 112;Private collection
  • Literature: Pyle, Hilary, The Different Worlds of Jack B. Yeats: His Cartoons and Illustrations, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1994, catalogue no. 2073, p.293 (illustrated)
  • Reproduced as a Cuala Press Christmas card alongside a poem of the same title by Pádraic Pearse.

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<i>JACK B. YEATS: A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ OF THE OIL PAINTINGS<D> by HILARY PYLE HRHA
JACK B. YEATS: A CATALOGUE RAISONNÉ OF THE OIL PAINTINGS by HILARY PYLE HRHA
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 32.1

Published Estimate: €€700-€900

Price Realised: €680

  • Signature: numbered [778] on editions page vol. I
  • Dimensions: 11.25 by 9in., 28.125 by 22.5cm.
  • Published by Andre Deutsche, London, 1992. Limited edition of 1550 copies, of which this is number 778. Three volumes set in dark green cloth stamped in gilt and in matching slip case as issued. The definitive listing of Yeats' oil paintings, with numerous illustrations. An invaluable resource in mint condition for any Yeats aficionado.

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A PATRIOT, c.1902
A PATRIOT, c.1902
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 33

Published Estimate: €€15000-€20000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: with monogram lower left; with typed Victor Waddington Gallery label preserved on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 13.75 by 6.5in., 34.375 by 16.25cm.
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Gallery, London; Whence purchased by A.S. Alkin Esq.; Sotheby's London, 21 May 1999, lot 341;Private ccollection;Whyte's, 25 April 2006, lot 62;Private collection
  • Literature: Pyle, Hilary , Jack B. Yeats: His watercolours Drawings and Pastels, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1993, no. 393a, p.112 (illustrated )
  • As Hilary Pyle observes a picture of Robert Emmet is seen through the open doorway, hanging over the fireplace"."

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A STREET IN TANGIER
A STREET IN TANGIER
Sir John Lavery RA RSA RHA (1856-1941)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 34

Published Estimate: €€20000-€30000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed A Street in Tangier / by John Lavery / 5 Cromwell Pl / London"; also with typed Pyms Gallery, London label on reverse"
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 10 by 14in., 25 by 35cm.
  • Provenance: With Pyms Gallery, London, c.1990; Their sale, 1992; Sotheby's, 13 May 2005, lot 60;Private collection
  • Exhibited: Cabinet Pictures by John Lavery', Leicester Galleries, London, 1904 , no. 7 (?) as Tangier, A Street;'A Free Spirit, Irish Art 1860-1960', Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, 1990
  • Literature: Kenneth McConkey, 'The White City - Sir John Lavery in Tangier', GPA Irish Arts Review, 1989, p. 62 (illustrated);Kenneth McConkey, A Free Spirit, Irish Art 1860-1960, 1990 (Antique Collectors Club in association with Pyms Gallery, London),
  • The 'chief note' of Tangier was 'whiteness' according to RB Cunninghame Graham. In an essay on artists' haunts in 1909 he described a city that throughout the nineteenth century had provided writers and painters with an instant authentic experience of Muslim culture. (Footnote 1) A short sea crossing from the southernmost tip of Europe, its souks, mosques, and moonlit rooftop music and dancing formed an essential part of the texture of western European Orientalism. Graham's observations are confirmed by the series of small luminous oil sketches recently produced by his close friend, John Lavery, and reproduced to illustrate the article.(2) It took a painter to tell him what he was seeing and on several occasions he pays tribute to the artist - theirs was a lifelong friendship. Lavery had known the 'adventurer-laird of Gartmore' for at least eighteen years and recently, in company with The Times correspondent, Walter Harris, they had ridden across the desert together to visit the Sultan's court at Fez.(3)But it was the 'white houses, sands like snow, and, above all … dazzling white atmosphere' of the old coastal city overlooking the Straits of Gibraltar that enchanted them. In the maze of the Kasbah, 'the Arabs flitted to and fro, silent as shadows … they seemed like a population of uncloistered friars', said Graham in his introduction to the catalogue of Lavery's exhibition in 1904.(4) He could easily have been looking at the present picture. Under a vivid cobalt canopy the whitewashed houses glowed in the sunlight, and sharp shadows cut rectangles of pale blue, violet and ochre - their irregular shapes, performing an abstract theatre, that momentarily disorientated the western eye. Lavery first confronted this marquetry of intersecting planes in 1891 in a small study painted from the rooftop of the Hotel Continental, but it was only on subsequent visits that the secrets of narrow alleyways revealed themselves in the furtive glance from a doorway in the infamous Rue des Femmes, or the bustle of figures retreating up the hill from the souk at the call to prayer. This was the essential appeal of a setting vividly described by the Irish painter, Norman Garstin, when in 1897 he wrote to fellow artists, … that wall in front of you is homely whitewash, and steeped for a moment in a violet shade; a door opens and a rectangular slab of yellow white light from the opposite wall of the patio makes you blink and deepens the violet of the near wall; purple patches of shade stain the patio's red tiles with silhouetted pictures of fig leaves … (5)This was Lavery's quest in small studies that, like the present example, were painted not as preparations for larger works, but as ends in themselves. They were vivid snapshots of familiar corners that he would give to painter-friends like Alfred East - and others like Cunninghame Graham.(6) Such pictures are difficult to date precisely, although it is likely that A Street in Tangier, precedes the trip to Fez in 1906. Its specific location and the vantage point from which it was painted remain to be determined - although it is likely to show the winding street that leads up into the Kasbah.Throughout the years 1891-1920, when he visited Morocco regularly, Welsh, Scots, English, Canadian and French artists - Frank Brangwyn, Arthur Melville, Alfred East, James Wilson Morrice and Henri Matisse - all felt the rejuvenating effect of the 'white atmosphere' of Tangier, but it was Lavery, in small stunning pictures of the streets of the old city who definitively caught it. Prof Kenneth McConkeyApril 2014Footnotes:1 RB Cunninghame Graham, 'The Atmosphere of Morocco', in Alfred East introd., Sketching Grounds, 1909 (Studio Special Number), p.145. 2 The two had probably met on Lavery's first visit to the city in 1891, when according to Graham, he rode swiftly to the rescue after the painter's horse had bolted. In Lavery's account, he helped to rescue Graham from a group of belligerent Moors when he was haranguing them on his favourite topics - Free Speech and Democracy - neither of which they could remotely comprehend; see Walter Shaw Sparrow, John Lavery and his Work, n.d. [1912], (Kegan Paul, Trubner, Trench and Co), p.84.3 Kenneth McConkey, John Lavery, A Painter and his World, 2010 (Atelier Books), pp. 96-7.4 RB Cunninghame Graham, 'Introduction?', Cabinet Pictures by John Lavery, 1904 (Exhibition catalogue, Leicester Galleries, London), p.75 Norman Garstin, 'Tangier as a Sketching Ground', The Studio, vol 11, 1897, p. 178. 6 East, a student friend from the Haldane Academy in Glasgow, owned several small Moroccan street scenes.

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TURF GATHERERS
TURF GATHERERS
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 35

Published Estimate: €€8000-€10000

Price Realised: €10000


TURF STACKS WITH MOUNTAIN BEYOND, c.1940
TURF STACKS WITH MOUNTAIN BEYOND, c.1940
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 36

Published Estimate: €€15000-€20000

Price Realised: €21000

  • Signature: faintly signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas laid on board
  • Dimensions: 8 by 8.75in., 20 by 21.875cm.
  • Provenance: A gift from the artist to the present owner's grandmother, former proprietor of the Parkside Hotel, North Circular Road, Dublin
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at ‘Recent Paintings by Paul Henry’, Combridge’s Gallery, Dublin, from 24 October 1941, catalogue no. 20, as Turf Bog, Connemara
  • Formerly signed on the reverse but that inscription has been lost over time. Also, the artist's signature is present on the lower left but has in part been erased by, presumably, the replacement slip, the picture having been reframed some years ago; the original frame, in black, was the artist's choice.A late work by Henry with an unusual amount of impasto in the sky and the foreground but, characteristic for the artist and showing the influence of his teacher, Whistler, on him, the paint has been applied directly to the canvas with no over-painting. Thus it retains great freshness. Dated c.1940-5 on stylistic grounds. Turf Stacks with Mountain Beyond may be the same picture as Turf Bog, Connemara, c.1940-1, in S. B. Kennedy, Paul Henry: with a catalogue of the Drawings, Paintings, Illustrations, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007, p.301, catalogue number 1011.Dr. S.B. KennedyApril 2014

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VIEW OF ARMAGH CATHEDRAL
VIEW OF ARMAGH CATHEDRAL
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 37

Published Estimate: €€8000-€10000

Price Realised: €7000

  • Signature: signed lower left; with Bell Gallery label preserved on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 20 by 27in., 50 by 67.5cm.
  • Provenance: Whyte's, 19 September 2006, lot 137;Private collection
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LOUGH NEAGH, COUNTY ANTRIM
LOUGH NEAGH, COUNTY ANTRIM
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 38

Published Estimate: €€6000-€8000

Price Realised: €6600

  • Signature: signed lower left; titled on hand-written label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 20 by 27in., 50 by 67.5cm.
  • Exhibited: Probably exhibited at the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast, 1952, catalogue no. 30, Lough Neagh
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TURF CUTTERS
TURF CUTTERS
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 39

Published Estimate: €€2500-€3500

Price Realised: €2300


ANCIENT TREES, POWERSCOURT, COUNTY WICKLOW
ANCIENT TREES, POWERSCOURT, COUNTY WICKLOW
Mabel Young (1889-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 40

Published Estimate: €€1200-€1500

Price Realised: €950


CATTLE GRAZING
CATTLE GRAZING
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 41

Published Estimate: €€6000-€8000

Price Realised: €0


DANCE
DANCE
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 42

Published Estimate: €€5000-€7000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; with Oriel Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: crayon
  • Dimensions: 12.5 by 9in., 31.25 by 22.5cm.
  • Provenance: James Adam & Sons, Dublin, 14 May 1987, lot 136;Private collection;with Oriel Gallery, Dublin, c.1987;Private collection
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THE FIDDLER and WRITING A CHRISTMAS CARD, c.1953
THE FIDDLER and WRITING A CHRISTMAS CARD, c.1953
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 43

Published Estimate: €€1000-€1500

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed lower right and upper left respectively
  • Medium: ink and watercolour; (1); ink and crayon on paper; (1)
  • Dimensions: 5 by 4.5in., 12.5 by 11.25cm.
  • Provenance: A gift from the artist to the previous owner;Adam's, 26 March 2003, lot 86 & 87 respectively;Private collection
  • Dimensions of second title, 4.75 by 3.75in. Both framed.

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THE APPLE PICKERS
George Russell (Æ")" (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 44

Published Estimate: €€7000-€9000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; with labels detailing provenance on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 18.5 by 24in., 46.25 by 60cm.
  • Provenance: Christie's, Glasgow, 28 October 1988, lot 355;with Oriel Gallery, Dublin;Where purchased by the present owner
  • Exhibited: 'George Russell ~ AE' at the Oriel 21st Anniversary Exhibition, Oriel Gallery, Dublin, 13 November to 2 December 1989, no. 1 (illustrated p.14 of catalogue)
  • A note on reverse states the work was formerly in the collection of George and Maura McClelland.

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SUMMER EVENING - HILL OF HOWTH
George Russell (Æ")" (1867-1935)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 45

Published Estimate: €€3000-€4000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; with title on typed label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 14 by 16in., 35 by 40cm.
  • Provenance: James Adam & Sons, 17 June 1992, lot 67;Private collection
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FISHING BOATS AT KINSALE, CORK
FISHING BOATS AT KINSALE, CORK
Cecil Galbally RHA (1911-1995)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 46

Published Estimate: €€1000-€1500

Price Realised: €1300

  • Signature: signed lower right; titled on reverse; with Victor Waddington label also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 12 by 15.25in., 30 by 38.125cm.
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Contained in original Waddington frame. For further reading on this Dublin born artist see Snoddy p.177-179.

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UNICORN, c.1950
UNICORN, c.1950
Lady Beatrice Glenavy RHA (1881-1970)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 47

Published Estimate: €€5000-€7000

Price Realised: €5800

  • Signature: signed with initials lower right; inscribed with title, artist's name [Lady Glenavy] and address [Rockbrook House, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin] and original price [£20] on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 16 by 20in., 40 by 50cm.
  • Exhibited: Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1950, catalogue no. 22
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TREES
TREES
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 48

Published Estimate: €€15000-€18000

Price Realised: €22000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 21 by 18in., 52.5 by 45cm.
  • Provenance: Family of the artist
  • Although she studied art in Paris in 1905 and 1906 where she was amongst the first Irish artists to see the work of Pablo Picasso, Swanzy did not begin making and exhibiting Cubist inspired work until the 1920s and 1930s. She was one of Ireland's most innovative exponents of this approach, using it in imaginative ways in a range of landscapes, figure studies and paintings of propellers. As she never dated her paintings, it is difficult to be precise about the chronology of the work, but she appears to have made and exhibited most of her Cubist inspired paintings after 1920. Having moved back to Dublin from Paris, Swanzy continued to travel widely visiting London, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Polynesia and the United States. She maintained contact with the French art world throughout the 1910s and 1920s, exhibiting at and becoming a committee member of the Salon des Independants, the largest show of modern art in Paris. Her work was shown at this venue alongside that of the Orphic cubists, Sonja and Robert Delaunay. Orphism, a hugely influential movement, was concerned with the impact of light and colour on the vision of the artist. The paintings of Robert Delaunay are preoccupied with aeronautical flight and altitude through which he could demonstrate how form is made of pure colour. The influence of these ideas is apparent in Trees. The bright colours and dynamic geometric patterning of the composition of Trees are also evocative of speed and movement. Swanzy was clearly aware of Italian Futurism and British Vorticism when she painted the work. Both movements stress the importance of dynamism in art and of representing technology. The railway track or roadway in the foreground of Trees suggests movement through the landscape resulting in a distortion of the forms. Swanzy's father was a well-known ophthalmic surgeon and her fragmentation of the composition is equally reminiscent of ophthalmic lenses and optical devices.The giant pink trees with their swaying yellow barks are probably inspired by the exotic vegetation that Swanzy saw on her travels to Samoa and Hawaii in the 1920s. The tall towers in the distance (to the right) recur in several of her paintings, a memory of San Gimignano, the medieval city in Tuscany, near to Florence where the artist lived for a period before World War One. Swanzy draws on her vast experiences of travel and modern art in her work. The result is an inventive and unique engagement with Cubism and Futurism that was not always valued by her contemporaries in Dublin which she left in 1926 to settle with her sister in London. The originality of her work, however, ensured Swanzy's rediscovery as one of Ireland's most significant modernist painters at the end of her life in the 1960s and 1970s when she finally enjoyed critical and commercial success. Trees is an important example of her Cubist work.Dr. Róisín KennedyApril 2014

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LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 26 May 2014 / 49

Published Estimate: €€1000-€1500

Price Realised: €1400

  • Signature: with Studio Stamp on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 13.25 by 7.25in., 33.125 by 18.125cm.
  • Provenance: Studio of the artist; Christie's, The Irish Sale Part II, including works from the Studio of Mary Swanzy, 10 May 2007
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