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    Friday, March 24th, 2017
    With 40 lots from the studio of Basil Blackshaw, a view of Clare Island from Achill by Paul Henry, an evocation of a solo singer at the Queen’s Theatre in Dublin by Jack B. Yeats and an iconic portrait of poet Mairtin O Cadhain by Sean O’Sullivan, the evening sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam on March 29 amounts to a celebration of artistic Irishness.

    O Cadhain (1906-1970) is regarded as the most original and powerful writer in the Irish language for many generations. The portrait, estimated at just 4,000-6,000, was reproduced in most of his published work from 1953 onwards. It was used in an An Post stamp celebrating Celtic Scholars in 2006. The catalogue cover lot is Model Reading by Roderic O’Conor (18,000-25,000), the Henry seascape is estimated at 40,000-60,000 and the Yeats at 50,000-80,000. Estimates for the Blackshaw works vary from 500 to 10,000 for his portrait of Clint Eastwood.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on for February 23, 2017)

    Peter Curling –
    The All Weather Gallop  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,200 AT HAMMER

    Roderic O’Conor –
    Woman Reading (1904-5) UPDATE: THIS MADE 30,000 AT HAMMER

    Sean O’Sullivan’s iconic portrait of Mairtin O Cadhain  UPDATE: THIS MADE 3,600 AT HAMMER

    Clare Island from Achill by Paul Henry.  UPDATE: THIS MADE 35,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, February 20th, 2017
    A Donegal landscape by Paul Henry, two le Broquy tapestries, a horse painting by Yeats, and a selection of works by Tony O’Malley with estimates from 1,000 to 15,000 combine to make a varied and interesting selection at Whyte’s Irish and International art auction at the RDS on February 27.
    The sale features work by many important artists of the last two centuries including William Sadler, Walter Osborne, Sir John Lavery, James Humbert Craig, Sean Keating, Gerard Dillon, Colin Middleton, William Scott, Alexander Williams, Daniel MacLise and Percy French.
    Paul Henry’s Lough Altan, Co. Donegal (60,000-80,000) has been in the family of the original purchaser since the 1930’s. Fresh Horses by Yeats dates to c1914 and once belonged to the actor Peter O’Toole. It is estimated at 40,000-60,000. Another famous previous owner was the late Archbishop of Canterbury Michael Ramsey, gifted a painting of Clifden by Eva Henrietta Hamilton  a cousin of his wife Joan Hamilton.  It is estimated at 3,000-5,000.

    The auction continues the disposal of the private art collection of George and Maura McClelland which includes a run of O’Malley paintings (lots 78 to 93).  The works by Louis le Brocquy include  a little known life study, Self (30,000-50,000), a Study for Riverrun: Procession (40,000-60,000) and two Aubusson tapestries Cherub 1952 (20,000-30,000) and Tain: Cuchulainn in Spasm 1969 (15,000-18,000) as well as a range of lithographs. Viewing at the RDS gets underway on February 25.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Lough Altan, Co. Donegal by Paul Henry (1876-1958) (60,000-80,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 58,000 AT HAMMER

    A Woman Swooning: Trio of Soldiers Beyond by Daniel Maclise (1806-1870) (4,000-6,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Fresh Horses by Jack B Yeats (1871-1957) (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Early Morning, Bahamas 1979 by Tony O’Malley (1913-2003) (12,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 16,500 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, February 16th, 2017

    Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958) PORTRAIT OF AN ELDERLY LADY, c.1904-1905  UPDATE:THIS WAS UNSOLD)

    This finely drawn Paul Henry charcoal portrait of an elderly lady recalls a period when the artist worked as an illustrator for a newspaper.  It is lot 28 at Whyte’s upcoming sale of Irish and International Art at the RDS, Dublin on February 27.  According to catalogue notes by Dr. S.B. Kennedy it was almost certainly for the weekly journal To-day, founded in 1893 by Jerome K. Jerome. Unsurprisingly the journal had a literary bias and scope for illustration.  Henry worked on a “types” series in 1904-05.  All of these drawings showed his debt to Whistler, his former teacher in Paris, whose funeral he had attended in 1903.

    The “types” series  began with The Unfortunate, a drawing of an elderly pauper reading a paper by the Thames Embankment at dusk.  It was followed by The Grandmother, The Ballad Singer, The Crank and others. The work is estimated at 5,000-7,000.

    Whyte’s sale of 187 lots features work from many major artists of the last two centuries. The catalogue is on line.  Viewing at the RDS gets underway on February 25.


    Monday, December 5th, 2016
    Paul Henry - Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    Paul Henry – Evening in Achill sold for 135,000.

    The final figures are not yet in but Morgan O’Driscoll Irish and International art auction grossed over one million euro at the RHA in Dublin this evening.  Characterised by spirited bidding in the room and on the internet this was his most successful sale ever and his best result since March 2008.  There were a number of bidders from the UK, when Mr. O’Driscoll held viewings last week.

    The three Paul Henry’s in the sale all attracted spirited bidding. The top Henry, Evening in Achill, made a hammer price of 135,0o0. The Palladian Bridge at Wilton by Sir John Lavery made 42,000 at hammer, Louis le Brocquy’s Study towards an image of William Shakespeare made a hammer of 26,000, The Hurdy Gurdy player by Sir Walter Osborne made 36,000 at hammer, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamps, 1990 made a hammer of 37,000, Festival 2006 by Banksy made 23,000 and Andy Warhol’s Martha Graham Lamentation made 15,000 at hammer.  Three Boatmen by Dan O’Neill made 23,000 and The Sage by Michael Flatley sold for 27,000. Bronze Famine Ship, a unique piece by John Behan from 2014, sold for 19,000 at hammer and Nude on a Couch by Roderic O’Conor made 17,000.

    (See post on for November 29, 2018)


    Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

    Art by Paul Henry, Basil Blackshaw, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Banksy are among a diverse selection at the Irish and International art auction by Morgan O’Driscoll at the RHA Gallery in Dublin on December 5 at 6 p.m.  The international selection includes Lichtenstein’s Red Lamps (1990) numbered 23/60 from his Interior Series (35,000-45,000), Festival (2006) by Banksy with a Pest Control Certificate of Authenticity (15,000-20,000) and Martha Graham: Lamentation (1986) by Andy Warhol (6,000-9,000).  There is a selection of Irish work from artists as diverse as Donald Teskey, Letitia Marion Hamilton, Charles Tyrrell, Nano Reid, Robert Ballagh, Markey Robinson, Hughie O’Donoghue, John Behan and John Noel Smith.  The catalogue, with 161 lots, is online. Here is a small selection:

    John Behan - Migrating Swans (2015) (12,000-15,000)

    John Behan – Migrating Swans (2015) (12,000-15,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 12,500 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry - Evening in Achill (1930-38) (120,000-180,000)

    Paul Henry – Evening in Achill (1930-38) (120,000-180,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 135,000 AT HAMMER

    Basil Blackshaw - Look Out (2005) (20,000-40,000)

    Basil Blackshaw – Look Out (2005) (20,000-40,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 19,000 AT HAMMER

    Roy Lichtenstein - Red Lamps (1990) - Interior Series (35,000-45,000)

    Roy Lichtenstein – Red Lamps (1990) – Interior Series (35,000-45,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 37,000 AT HAMMER

    Hughie O'Donoghue - Red Earth VI (1995) (25,000-35,000)

    Hughie O’Donoghue – Red Earth VI (1995) (25,000-35,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 28,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, November 28th, 2016
    Paul Henry (1876-1958) - West of Ireland landscape sold for 87,000 at hammer.

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) – West of Ireland landscape sold for 87,000 at hammer.

    Paul Henry’s West of Ireland Landscape was the top lot at Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin this evening. Measuring 15″ by just over 18″ it sold for a hammer price of 87,000 against an estimate of 90,000-120,000.  Resting by Dan O’Neill made a hammer of 23,000, The Tram, Dublin Nocturne 1926 by Harry Kernoff made 16,000 at hammer, Pierrot by Gerard Dillon made 12,500, Evening Andalucian Town by George Campbell made 11,000, Two Trees by Basil Blackshaw made 20,000 and Still Life with Flowers by the same artist sold for 18,000, Morning Flight, Paradise Island, Bahamas 1980 by Tony O’Malley made 14,000, Garden at Night by William Crozier made 19,000, a Portrait of Sir Edward Wortley Montague by Charles Jervas made 10,500, Three Men in a Boat by Liam O’Neill made 10,000 and a c1965 wood sculpture by Hilary Heron – A level headed man – sold for 8,000.

    The sale grossed 830,000 and 78% of lots on offer found buyers.


    Sunday, September 25th, 2016

    A full array of Irish art and artists will come under the hammer at James Adam in Dublin on September 28.   A total of 194 lots will come under the hammer including work by Yeats, Paul Henry, Nathaniel Hone, Grace Henry, Estella Solomons, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Derek Hill and Sean Keating.  The catalogue is online.  Here is a small selection:

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957) A Man Doing Accounts (1929) (200,000-300,000)

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
    A Man Doing Accounts (1929) (200,000-300,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE SALE

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1963) Sailing Boats, Chioggia (4,000-6,000)

    Grace Henry HRHA (1868-1963)
    Sailing Boats, Chioggia (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958) In the Western Mountains (1910-11) (40,000-60,000)

    Paul Henry RHA (1877-1958)
    In the Western Mountains (1910-11) (40,000-60,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 42,000 AT HAMMER

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917) Malahide Sands with Figures (20,000-30,000)

    Nathaniel Hone RHA (1831-1917)
    Malahide Sands with Figures (20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sean Keating PRHA (1889-1977) Waiting for the Tide (50,000-70,000)

    Sean Keating PRHA (1889-1977)
    Waiting for the Tide (50,000-70,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 46,000 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, August 4th, 2016
    Paul Henry  (1876-1958) - The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000)

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) – The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000) sold for £79,300

    A mid year British and Irish art market report by Bonhams shows an increase of 22% in the year so far. They say that bullish conditions were evident at the June auction which totalled £8.3 million and was the company’s most successful to date. The sale was 86% sold by lot and 46% of lots sold above their high estimates.

    Irish art was 100% sold with strong prices for stalwarts like Sir John Lavery and Jack B. Yeats. The welcome surprise of the day, according to Bonhams, was the £79,300 paid for an 8″ x 10″ painting by Paul Henry. Bonhams say that work from the 1930’s and 40’s  experienced a particular surge and that right now there  is an overall hunger for quality.  The next major sale of British and Irish art is on November 23 and the closing date for entries is October 7.

    (See post on for June 13, 2016)


    Sunday, June 26th, 2016

    irish sothPaintings by Yeats, Lavery and Henry are to be offered at Sotheby’s Irish art sale in London on September 13.  The three works were stolen from a house in Co. Wicklow in 2015 and are now being offered for sale by insurance company Chubb.  The combined estimate for the works is £47,000-70,000.

    The painting are Jack Butler Yeats’ The Fern in the Area, Paul Henry’s Landscape with Cottage, and Sir John Lavery’s Portrait de femme au chapeau.

    Charlie Minter, Sotheby’s Irish Art Specialist, said: “The remarkable recovery of these paintings has ensured that their fate looks immeasurably brighter and we look forward to finding new homes for them. The Lavery and Henry passed through our doors fifteen years ago and we’re thrilled to be able to offer them at auction again.”


    Monday, June 13th, 2016

    Single File by Jack B. Yeats is one of a number of works by Irish artists at Bonhams in London on June 15.  The sale of Modern British and Irish Art includes work by Yeats, Paul Henry, Dan O’Neill, William Scott and sculptor F.E. MacWilliam. The Yeats and two Henry’s are all estimated at £30,000-50,000, the O’Neill at £5,000-8,000 and the Scott’s at sums from £12,000 to £30,000.

    F.E. McWilliam (1905-1992) - Seated Woman II (£8,000-12,000)

    F.E. McWilliam (1905-1992) – Seated Woman II (£8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £27,600

    Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) - Single File (£30,000-50,000)

    Jack Butler Yeats (1871-1957) – Single File (£30,000-50,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE £80,500

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) - The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000)

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) – The Cottage by the Lake (£30,000-50,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £79,300