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SEASCAPE
SEASCAPE
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 1

Published Estimate: €1500-1800

Price Realised: €1700


BELOW MUCKISH, COUNTY DONEGAL
BELOW MUCKISH, COUNTY DONEGAL
Frank Egginton RCA (1908-1990)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 2

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €750


COASTAL SCENE WITH PIER IN BACKGROUND, 1903
COASTAL SCENE WITH PIER IN BACKGROUND, 1903
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 3

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4600


LANDSCAPE WITH RIVER AND BRIDGE, 1903
LANDSCAPE WITH RIVER AND BRIDGE, 1903
William Percy French (1854-1920)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 4

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €3800


AMONG THE ROCKS, CONNEMARA
AMONG THE ROCKS, CONNEMARA
Maurice MacGonigal PRHA HRA HRSA (1900-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 5

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed lower left; titled on Dawson Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 9 x 12½in. (22.86 x 31¾cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
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GLENMORE, COUNTY LOUTH
GLENMORE, COUNTY LOUTH
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 6

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €0


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

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 7

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €6600

  • Signature: signed lower right; with William Rodman & Co. [Belfast] label preserved on reverse
  • Medium: crayon
  • Dimensions: 14 x 9½in. (35.56 x 24.13cm)
  • Provenance: Netherhamptons, Salisbury, 7 October 2009, lot 504;Private collection
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JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE
JOHN MILLINGTON SYNGE
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 8

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed in monogram, centre; with sitter's name lower centre
  • Medium: pencil
  • Dimensions: 9 x 7in. (22.86 x 17.78cm)
  • Provenance: The Collection of Anne Yeats;Her sale, HOK, 19 November 2002, lot 591;Whence purchased by the present owner
  • From a sketchbook now in the National Gallery of Ireland. Synge was an important influence on Yeats and together they toured the most poverty stricken areas of Connemara, the Aran Islands and North Mayo in 1905. Synge wrote about this trip for the Manchester Guardian and Yeats illustrated the articles. He later illustrated Synge's The Aran Islands and In Wicklow, West Kerry and Connemara.

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A BOXING RING
A BOXING RING
Robert Gregory (1881-1918)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 9

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €1600

  • Medium: pen and ink with watercolour
  • Dimensions: 7 x 4½in. (17.78 x 11.43cm)
  • Provenance: Robert Gregory's scrapbook; Cathach Books, Dublin; Whyte's, 9 December 2006, ex lot 127; Private collection;Whyte's, 26 May 2007, lot 189;Whence purchased by the present owner
  • The present works comes from the remains of a scrapbook belonging to the artist Robert Gregory; son of Lady Gregory of Coole Park, which sold through Whyte's in December 2006. Robert Gregory was a Renaissance man, gifted both artistically and athletically. W. B. Yeats wrote several poems about him, referring to him as our perfect man". For further information see Colin Smythe (ed.), Robert Gregory 1881-1918: A Centenary Tribute, Gerards Cross, 1981."

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AN OLD WOMAN STIRRED THE CAULDRON WITH A LARGE IRON SPOON, 1934
AN OLD WOMAN STIRRED THE CAULDRON WITH A LARGE IRON SPOON, 1934
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 10

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €5200

  • Signature: signed in monogram lower right; with typed Waddington Galleries [London] exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: pen and Indian ink
  • Dimensions: 7 x 10in. (17.78 x 25.40cm)
  • Provenance: The artist's estate;Victor Waddington Galleries, London;Where purchased by a Mrs N.P. Philip;Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Watercolours and Drawings', Waddington Galleries III, London, 8-31 March 1973, catalogue no. 44
  • Literature: Lynch, Patricia, The Turfcutter's Donkey, J.M. Dent and Sons Ltd., London, 1934 (illustration reproduced on facing p.82);Pyle, Hilary, The Different Worlds of Jack B. Yeats: His Cartoons and Illustrations, Irish Academic Press, Dublin, 1994, catalogue no. 1445, p.200 (illustrated)
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HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR, 1943
HAPPY CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR, 1943
Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 11

Published Estimate: €800-1200

Price Realised: €2100

  • Signature: dedication signed in monogram and dated; with Dawson Gallery framing label on reverse
  • Medium: ink on [18 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin] headed paper
  • Dimensions: 8 x 10in. (20.32 x 25.40cm)
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ON THE SWINGS
ON THE SWINGS
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 12

Published Estimate: €12000-15000

Price Realised: €14000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with John Magee [Belfast] label preserved on reverse dated 'Nov 45'
  • Medium: watercolour and crayon
  • Dimensions: 19 x 15in. (48.26 x 38.10cm)
  • Provenance: John Magee, Belfast;Private collection;Netherhamptons, Salisbury, 7 October 2009, lot 505;Private collection
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STUDY OF A BELFAST SHAWLIE
STUDY OF A BELFAST SHAWLIE
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 13

Published Estimate: €4000-5000

Price Realised: €4000


TWO SHAWLIES
TWO SHAWLIES
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 14

Published Estimate: €1500-2000

Price Realised: €0


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

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 15

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €1700


GIRL RESTING ON A SACK
GIRL RESTING ON A SACK
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 16

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €2800


THE ACCORDION PLAYER
THE ACCORDION PLAYER
William Conor OBE RHA RUA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 17

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €0


AIRMAN OF INISHEER
AIRMAN OF INISHEER
Margaret Clarke RHA (1888-1961)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 18

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €7500

  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 30 x 36in. (76.20 x 91.44cm)
  • Provenance: Frederick Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'David Clarke Retrospective also featuring work by his parents, Margaret and Harry Clarke', Frederick Gallery, Dublin, 18-29 September 2000, catalogue no. 64 (illustrated)
  • Margaret Clarke studied under William Orpen and in the company of fellow students Leo Whelan, James Sleator, Beatrice Glenavy and Harry Clarke, her husband from 1915. For another work by this artist see lot 107.

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LANDSCAPE, 1936
LANDSCAPE, 1936
James Humbert Craig RHA RUA (1877-1944)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 19

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €3400


OAK, ST. DOULOUGH'S, DUBLIN
OAK, ST. DOULOUGH'S, DUBLIN
Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 20

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: with artist's seal, his initials 'N.H.' contained within an oval, embossed lower left; titled and numbered [63] on Dawson Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 7 x 10in. (17.78 x 25.40cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Literature: Bodkin, Thomas, Four Irish Landscape Painters, George Bennett RA, James Arthur O'Connor, Walter Osborne RHA, Nathaniel Hone RHA, Talbot Press, Dublin, 1920, page 174 (no. 63 in appendix)
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CATTLE GRAZING
CATTLE GRAZING
Frank McKelvey RHA RUA (1895-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 21

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €4200


CONNEMARA, c.1929-1930
CONNEMARA, c.1929-1930
Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 22

Published Estimate: €40000-60000

Price Realised: €66000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 10¼ x 12¼in. (26.04 x 31.12cm)
  • Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner's grand-aunt;Thence by descent
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at 'Recent Work by Paul Henry', Combridge’s, Dublin, from 4 August, 1930; Possibly exhibited at 'Dublin Painters’ Society, Dublin, 1-13 February, 1932
  • Literature: Kennedy, S.B., Paul Henry: with a Catalogue of the Paintings, Drawings, Illustrations, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2007, possibly as catalogue no. 737 as Pool on the Bog
  • When Paul Henry first went to Achill Island in 1910 it was to be the central feature of his life. Achill ‘talked’ to him, he later wrote, there ‘seemed no current strong enough to carry me away’ (An Irish Portrait, London, Batsford, 1951, p. 5). To begin with, the local people and their way of life most interested him, but from around 1914-15 he concentrated on the landscape itself. Henry’s treatment of the landscape has a certain monumentality inspiring a sense of timelessness. In it we have the beginnings of a sense of Realism which was new to Irish painting: gone is the Romanticism of much late-nineteenth-century Irish art, to be replaced by a Post-Impressionist-inspired simplicity of concept which stems from Henry’s Parisian training.The brisk handling of paint in the foreground of Connemara suggests that it must date from about 1929-30. The setting resembles the high ground east of Leenane in County Galway, in which case the mountains in the background belong to the range immediately to the south of Delphi, but of this one cannot be certain. The distant mountains, however, which are only gently modelled with light falling on their right, are typical of Henry’s work at this time, as is the sky in which the use of impasto is slight. All of this contrasts with the foreground, where heavier impasto and more spontaneous brushwork have been employed and which increases the sense of recession between the background and the foreground. Also, as can be seen in the foreground and in the sky, the artist has made good use of the surface of the board and its texture as a base for the painting. The upward thrust of the dark turf stacks in the foreground emphasise the mountains behind.Dr S.B. KennedyOctober 2015

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YOUGHAL
YOUGHAL
Evie Hone HRHA (1894-1955)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 23

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4800

  • Signature: signed lower right; with Dawson Gallery [Dublin] framing label on reverse
  • Medium: gouache
  • Dimensions: 19½ x 29in. (49.53 x 73.66cm)
  • Probably painted on a visit to her friend Sylvia Cooke-Collis, an artist much influenced by both Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett. Cooke-Collis lived near Castletownroche.

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SNOW SCENE
SNOW SCENE
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 24

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: with Mary Swanzy studio sale stamp on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 10 x 18¾in. (25.40 x 47.63cm)
  • Provenance: Christie's Mary Swanzy Studio Sale, 10 May, 2007;Private collection
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MOORED BOATS
MOORED BOATS
Mary Swanzy HRHA (1882-1978)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 25

Published Estimate: €3000-5000

Price Realised: €4200

  • Signature: signed lower left; Dawson Gallery framing label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 10 x 19in. (25.40 x 48.26cm)
  • Provenance: Gorry Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
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PAINTING IN A GARDEN, c.1940s
PAINTING IN A GARDEN, c.1940s
William John Leech RHA ROI (1881-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 26

Published Estimate: €18000-22000

Price Realised: €18000

  • Signature: signed lower left; original inscribed label detailing title and address [20 Abbey Road, London N.W.8.] on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 27 x 21in. (68.58 x 53.34cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection, Dublin; Whyte's, 16 September 2003, lot 87; Private collection
  • Exhibited: RHA, Dublin, 1955, catalogue no. 85 (Where it was priced at £219-0-0, making it the highest priced painting Leech ever exhibited at the RHA, up until his final year of exhibiting there, in 1967)
  • Painting in a Garden is one of a series of self portraits that Leech painted from the 1920s until his death in 1968. Inscribed in Leech’s handwriting on the reverse of this work is “No. 3 Painting in a Garden, W. J. Leech 20 Abbey Road, London, NW8”. This was the address of the fifth floor apartment that his future wife, Mrs May Botterell, had rented in Hampstead from 1938. Leech based himself in the apartment after his own studio space at Steele’s Studios was bombed in 1941. Even after Steele’s Studio was partially patched up, he remained at 20 Abbey Road, until 1958 when he and May moved to West Clandon, outside Guildford in Surrey. Painting in a Garden was thus probably painted during the 1940s when Leech was in his sixties. His annual extended trips to France were no longer possible and his subject matter focused on still-life, flower studies, portraits of his family and friends and his self portraits, which were painted outside in the sunlit garden of his studio. In this portrait Leech’s personality is portrayed in his attention to detail in his dress: his polished shoes, ironed trousers and white shirt – similar clothes to those he is wearing in Self Portrait (Painting in a Garden). (1) However, in the present work, Leech has his shirt sleeves rolled up, he is tieless and hatless and his gaze is focusing on the canvas instead of looking out at his reflection in the mirror. In most of his self portraits Leech is formally dressed and in the series he painted in the last ten years of his life he is wearing his overcoat over his open necked white shirt. This work is similar in pose to his Self Portrait, painted in Steele’s Studios on the back of the canvas, Flowers in a Vase, except for the fact that there Leech is wearing a black jacket, a handkerchief in his top pocket, white shirt and tie and holding additional paint brushes in his left hand. In Painting in a Garden he adopts a happier, more relaxed pose as he leans towards his canvas, his right arm extended and his left arm loosely dropped at his side. He captures the sunlight on the grass in vivid greens and yellows framed by the frieze of darker trees in the top one third of the picture. The canvas deckchair, with stripes in Indian red, echoes the diagonal of Leech’s body and is the same deckchair seen in Steps to the Studio, painted outside his studio at Candy Cottage, West Clandon, Surrey, where he spent the final ten years of his life. Dr. Denise FerranFootnotes:1. Illustrated on page 235 of Denise Ferran, William John Leech: An Irish Painter Abroad, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, 1996, pp.234-235.

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WOODLAND SCENE
WOODLAND SCENE
Father Jack P. Hanlon (1913-1968)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 27

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €0


MÁLAGA
MÁLAGA
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 28

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €800


TINKERS AND PONY, 1969
TINKERS AND PONY, 1969
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 29

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower left; with title and number [6] inscribed on label on reverse; with both Dawson Gallery exhibition and framing labels on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 29 x 15¼in. (73.66 x 38.74cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Where purchased by the late Jim O'Driscoll SC
  • Exhibited: 'Nano Reid', Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 11-26 April, 1969, catalogue no. 10 [65gns]
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GROUP OF TINKERS
GROUP OF TINKERS
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 30

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed lower left; inscribed on Dawson Gallery [Dublin] label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 10 x 15¾in. (25.40 x 40.01cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Nano Reid Retrospective', Municipal Gallery, Dublin and the Ulster Museum, Belfast, November 1974 - February 1975
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HORSE GAMBOLLING
HORSE GAMBOLLING
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 31

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on Dawson Gallery [Dublin] label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 9¾ x 15½in. (24.77 x 39.37cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Nano Reid Retrospective', Municipal Gallery, Dublin and the Ulster Museum, Belfast, November 1974 - February 1975
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FLOWERS
FLOWERS
Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 32

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €6400

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title inscribed on reverse; with typed Victor Waddington Galleries label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 18 x 24in. (45.72 x 60.96cm)
  • Provenance: Victor Waddington Galleries, Dublin;Adam's and Bonhams, 31 May 2000, lot 56;Private collection;Whyte's, 14 March 2011, lot 59;Private collection
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AROUND THE FIRESIDE and MAKING BASKETS, c.1960s (A PAIR)
AROUND THE FIRESIDE and MAKING BASKETS, c.1960s (A PAIR)
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 33

Published Estimate: €4000-6000

Price Realised: €4000

  • Signature: signed lower right; each with inscribed exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour over ink; (2)
  • Dimensions: 22¾ x 19in. (57.79 x 48.26cm)
  • Provenance: George Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'The Irish Figurists & Figurative Painting in Irish Art', George Gallery, Dublin, November to December, 1990, catalogue nos. 67 & 68 (respectively)
  • Literature: Susan Stairs, The Irish Figurists & Figurative Painting in Irish Art, George Gallery Montague Ltd., Dublin 1990, illustrated pp. 205 & 207
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NUDE WITH TWO FANS, c.1945
NUDE WITH TWO FANS, c.1945
Markey Robinson (1918-1999)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 34

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed upper right; with inscribed exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 28 x 18½in. (71.12 x 46.99cm)
  • Provenance: George Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'The Irish Figurists & Figurative Painting in Irish Art', George Gallery, Dublin, November to December, 1990
  • Literature: Mulready, Michael, Markey Robinson: Maverick Spirit, Ben Madigan Publications, Belfast, 2003 (illustrated p. 127)
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SALMON LEAP, CLADY RIVER, BUNBEG, COUNTY DONEGAL
SALMON LEAP, CLADY RIVER, BUNBEG, COUNTY DONEGAL
Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 35

Published Estimate: €2000-3000

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; with original label detailing title on reverse and exhibition number [16] on reverse
  • Medium: monotype in oil on paper
  • Dimensions: 7 x 10in. (17.78 x 25.40cm)
  • This work is based on an oil on canvas of the same scene.

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STONE HOUSES AND WALLS
STONE HOUSES AND WALLS
Nano Reid (1900-1981)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 36

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €1000

  • Signature: signed lower right; inscribed on Dawson Gallery [Dublin] label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour
  • Dimensions: 11½ x 16in. (29.21 x 40.64cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
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BOG POOL, c.1966
BOG POOL, c.1966
Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 37

Published Estimate: €5000-7000

Price Realised: €5600

  • Signature: signed lower right; with title on reverse; also with dedication [To Maureen, Easter, 1966] inscribed on reverse; with framing label of the Dawson Gallery also on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 17¼ x 23in. (43.82 x 58.42cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin; Private collection;Whyte's, 14 March 2011, lot 26;Private collection
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PORTRAIT OF DAN O'NEILL, 1952
PORTRAIT OF DAN O'NEILL, 1952
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 38

Published Estimate: €20000-30000

Price Realised: €21000

  • Signature: signed lower right; with Dawson Gallery framing label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 22 x 18in. (55.88 x 45.72cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;The Collection of the late Jim O'Driscoll SC;Thence by descent
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at 'Gerard Dillon, Early Paintings of the West', Dawson Gallery, Dublin, 4-27 March 1971, catalogue no. 10 as Dan O'Neill;'Gerard Dillon, A Retrospective Exhibition', Ulster Museum, Belfast and Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, Dublin, 1
  • Gerard Dillon's Portrait of Dan O'Neill was painted in 1952, and is, therefore, a work from a key point in his career. By this time, Dillon had established himself as a painter and was closely involved in many of the exhibitions and organisations promoting and supporting visual art in Ireland North and South. He would go on to represent Great Britain in the Pittsburgh International exhibition in 1958 and the Guggenheim International, where he represented Ireland in 1958 and 1960. (1) This unusual portrait, which positions the figure of painter Daniel O'Neill within a slanting and disjointed domestic space, is given a broader narrative context, provided by the figure of the woman, glancing askance through an open door. Gerard Dillon was born in Belfast in 1916, and left school in 1930 initially to work as a painter and decorator. Largely self-taught as an artist, he lived in London until the outbreak of war in 1939, when he moved to Dublin. Dillon had visited Ireland throughout these early years in London, and was particularly influenced by the landscape of Connemara, returning there to paint throughout his career. Moving to Dublin in 1939, however, meant that he became part of a pivotal time in the capital's artistic and creative history. Dillon was influenced by the White Stag group, formed by leading experimental Irish and émigré artists and was involved in the establishment of the Irish Exhibition of Living Art. (2) His circle of friends and fellow artists included Nano Reid and Mainie Jellett, as well as fellow Belfast painter, Daniel O'Neill, the subject of this portrait. Dillon met O'Neill in 1940, and they often worked and exhibited together. In her entry on O'Neill in the Dictionary of Irish Biography, Carmel Doyle notes that 'together they carved images on stones retrieved from the wartime blitz in Belfast'. (3) Dillon and O'Neill both exhibited with Victor Waddington in Dublin, and at Deirdre McDonagh and Jack Longford's Contemporary Art Galleries. (4) The central figure in Portrait of Dan O'Neill occupies the right-hand side of the canvas, seated on a four-legged stool. His body appears too large for the space, and he leans forward slightly. This seated, frontal pose, turning slightly towards the light of the doorway, together with the sinuous black outline of the figure against the background and the stylised treatment of the folds of fabric over his body, reflects the influence of early Christian stone carving and manuscript illumination on Dillon's work. It also, perhaps, reflects the influence of European painters like Georges Rouault (1871-1958), whose work had been at the centre of a Dublin controversy in 1942, ten years before this work was completed. In contrast to the stylised and flattened treatment of the space in which the figure sits, and his clothing, Dillon has rendered the hands, feet and facial features with great sensitivity and nuance. This focus on the bare flesh, rendered in vivid turquoise, together with the troubled and troubling expression on the figure's face, creates an atmosphere of anxiety and doubt. While this is a portrait, the inclusion of the female figure outside the door establishes a narrative of tension within the picture. It is possible that this figure represents Eileen Lyle, whom O'Neill married in 1942. This tense atmosphere is reflected in the fragmented treatment of the interior space in which the figure sits, with its disjointed perspective, and planes of vivid colour sliding toward the foreground. This Expressionist treatment of the interior could, perhaps, be read as a further expression of the lack of accord between the two figures, collapsing the boundary between the interior world of the individual and the exterior environment in a way that foreshadows his later dream-like Pierrot paintings, produced in the final years of his life. (5)Dr Niamh NicGhabhannNovember 2015 Footnotes:1. Rebecca Minch. Dillon, (Francis) Gerard". Dictionary of Irish Biography.(ed.) James McGuire, James Quinn. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2009.(http://dib.cambridge.org/viewReadPage.do?articleId=a2600), accessed 31 October 2015. 2. S.B. Kennedy, The White Stag Group (Dublin: Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2005).3. Karen Reihill, Gerard Dillon: Art and Friendships, http://www.adams.ie/cat-pdf/20713.pdf (accessed 31 October 2015).4. Carmel Doyle. "O'Neill, Daniel". Dictionary of Irish Biography.(ed.) James McGuire, James Quinn. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press, 2009.(http://dib.cambridge.org/viewReadPage.do?articleId=a6920), accessed 31 October 2015.5. Karen Reihill, 'Behind the mask', Irish Arts Review, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2012, pp. 104-107."

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STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS
STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS
George Campbell RHA (1917-1979)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 39

Published Estimate: €800-1000

Price Realised: €3600


BIRD WATCHING
BIRD WATCHING
Gerard Dillon (1916-1971)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 40

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €2200

  • Signature: signed lower left; titled on reverse; with F.G. Davis & Sons Ltd [Belfast] label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board with collage
  • Dimensions: 16¾ x 11¾in. (42.55 x 29.85cm)
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VINE TERRACE, ITALY, 1960
VINE TERRACE, ITALY, 1960
Norah McGuinness HRHA (1901-1980)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 41

Published Estimate: €6000-8000

Price Realised: €6800

  • Signature: signed and dated lower right; inscribed on Dawson Gallery [Dublin] label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 17½ x 23¾in. (44.45 x 60.33cm)
  • Provenance: Dawson Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Exhibited: Possibly exhibited at the Irish Exhibition of Living Art, 1960, catalogue no. 7 [Vine Terrace 1] or catalogue no. 103 [Vine Terrace 2]
  • In 1946 Norah McGuinness began painting in Italy and in 1950 she was chosen, along with Nano Reid, to represent Ireland at the Venice Biennale. It was the first time Ireland had participated at the event. Italian President Luigi Einaudi bought McGuinness' painting The Black Church, while the Italian critic Umberto Apollonio praised her vibrating and rather evocative tonality"."

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GYPSY CAMP
GYPSY CAMP
Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 42

Published Estimate: €8000-12000

Price Realised: €10500

  • Signature: signed lower right; titled on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 25 x 39in. (63½ x 99.06cm)
  • Patrick Collins first used the theme of Travellers or Tinkers in 1957 and the motif appeared again later in the late 1960s when it dominated his subject matter for a period of three years. (1) In Gypsy Camp, through a haze of mist and moonlight, the figures of two horses, a fire and a dark mass representing the camp emerge framed within a frame; a characteristic device favoured by Collins. Gypsy Camp is dissolved into indistinct shapes and the gentle tonal palette is pleasing on the eye. Frances Ruane has suggested that these paintings grow, ….not out of direct observation, but more likely from the artist's recollection of the gypsy camp between the Collins family house and the Cranmore Prison which had a romantic appeal for him as a young boy in Sligo." (2)The framing device reinforces the feeling separation from the real world and gives an ethereal quality to the work. The palette is deceptively rich and comprises wonderful blues, greens, pinks and browns with a dash of red suggesting the camp fire. Footnotes:(1) Ruane, Frances, Patrick Collins, An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Dublin; The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast, 1982, p.52(2) Ruane, Frances, Whyte's 28 April 2008, lot 57 [Tinker Woman And Child, 1961]"

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SIX MILE VALLEY
SIX MILE VALLEY
Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 43

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

Price Realised: €13000

  • Signature: signed lower left; signed again and titled on reverse; also with inscribed Peppercanister Gallery label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 30 x 34in. (76.20 x 86.36cm)
  • Provenance: Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
  • Six Mile Valley is an area in County Antrim close to where Basil Blackshaw has lived and painted for many years and the Six Mile Water runs into Lough Neagh. Particular landscapes of personal significance have played a crucial role in Blackshaw's work since the 1950s. While the people and animals who populate the countryside and their activities have remained as a constant subject, Blackshaw also seems drawn to specific places, unpopulated landscapes where he engages with the struggle to capture the essence of a place through the familiarity of long examination. While the present painting shares the same sense of scale and expansiveness as the landscapes around Dromara and the views across the Lagan Valley towards Colin Mountain that had previously absorbed Blackshaw for over a decade, the process of formal analysis and conscious abstraction that defines the earlier series has been replaced by a highly intuitive response to the landscape. Blackshaw's handling of paint is broad and expressive. The tautly-drawn line of a fence leads the eye in from the foreground and down towards the river, reflecting its gently winding curve and also the line of ragged trees to the left, while the sense of drama is reinforced by the low, scudding dark clouds.Dickon HallNovember 2015

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LANDSCAPE
LANDSCAPE
Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 44

Published Estimate: €3000-4000

Price Realised: €0


STAGE SET FOR THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
STAGE SET FOR THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD
Patrick Collins HRHA (1910-1994)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 45

Published Estimate: €1800-2200

Price Realised: €1800

  • Medium: mixed media on paper
  • Dimensions: 7¾ x 10¼in. (19.69 x 26.04cm)
  • Frances Ruane suggests it was literature rather than the visual arts that nurtured Collins' childhood imagination, and it was the work of modern Irish writers like W.B. Yeats, Synge and Joyce that stimulated him as a young adult. (1) The title of the present work pays homage to Synge's role in his early development as a painter. Footnotes:1. Ruane, Frances, Patrick Collins, An Chomhairle Ealaíon/The Arts Council, Dublin; The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast , 1982, p.23-25

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THREE GOATS
THREE GOATS
Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 46

Published Estimate: €15000-20000

Price Realised: €14000

  • Signature: signed lower left
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 20 x 24in. (50.80 x 60.96cm)
  • Provenance: The Collection of the late Jim O'Driscoll SC
  • A remarkable aspect of Basil Blackshaw's painting is his ability to evoke a sense of physical solidity with a minimum of means. Areas of canvas or board are often left untouched and frequently paint is used so thinly that it hardly seems possible that the effects of space, solid form, texture and movement that he creates have been achieved. In Three Goats the manner in which Blackshaw pulls and sweeps paint around the canvas creates a pervasive sense of restlessness within the weather-beaten landscape as if the wind has left in place only a few solidly defined objects; a stone wall, the distant mountains and the small group of goats. Muted tones run across the painting, finding a unity of mood and bringing the various planes of the landscape together.Dickon HallNovember 2015

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CLOONAGH BAWN 3
CLOONAGH BAWN 3
Terence P. Flanagan RHA PPRUA (1929-2011)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 47

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed lower right; titled on reverse; also with inscribed Ritchie Hendriks Gallery [Dublin] label on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 24 x 35½in. (60.96 x 90.17cm)
  • Provenance: Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin;Private collection
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FIELD PATTERNS CONNEMARA, 1966
FIELD PATTERNS CONNEMARA, 1966
Arthur Armstrong RHA (1924-1996)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 48

Published Estimate: €1000-1500

Price Realised: €2600

  • Signature: signed lower right; with Ritchie Hendriks Gallery exhibition label on reverse; also variously inscribed on reverse
  • Medium: oil on board
  • Dimensions: 19½ x 23½in. (49.53 x 59.69cm)
  • Provenance: Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin;Whence purchased by Mr M.E. Anderson;Private collection
  • Exhibited: 'Arthur Armstrong', Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin, March 1966, catalogue no. 18
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NIGHT BEASTS AND WATER, 1963
NIGHT BEASTS AND WATER, 1963
Barrie Cooke HRHA (1931-2014)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 49

Published Estimate: €2500-3500

Price Realised: €0

  • Signature: signed and dated in pencil lower right; with typed Ritchie Hendriks Gallery exhibition label on reverse
  • Medium: watercolour on paper laid on board
  • Dimensions: 38 x 40in. (96.52 x 101.60cm)
  • Provenance: Ritchie Hendriks Gallery, Dublin;Where purchased by Lord & Taylor, New York;Private collection
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POND
POND
Basil Blackshaw HRHA RUA (b.1932)

Auction Date / Lot No.: 30/11/2015 / 50

Published Estimate: €600-800

Price Realised: €950

  • Signature: signed upper left; also inscribed [Roy Lilley, BT Editor] upper left
  • Medium: mixed media on paper
  • Dimensions: 6¼ x 8¼in. (15.88 x 20.96cm)
  • Provenance: A gift from the artist to Roy Lilley;Ross's, Belfast, 5 March 2003, lot 58;Private collection
  • Roy Lilley was editor of the Belfast Telegraph from 1974 to 1992 and was awarded the OBE for services to journalism in 1998.

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