A three quarter length portrait of James Wandesford Butler, 1st Marquess of Ormonde and 19th Earl of Ormonde (1774-1838) by Richard Rothwell sold for a hammer price of 12,000 at the opening day of Sheppards Classical Convergences sale in Durrow, Co. Laois today. The catalogue cover lot, he is depicted wearing the star and ribbon of the Order of St. Patrick.
The artist Richard Rothwell was born in Athlone and exhibited regularly at both the Royal Academy and the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 1829 he went to London and entered the studio of Sir Thomas Lawrence, the leading portrait painter of his age. Sir Edwin Landseer commented to a friend: “An artist has come from Dublin who paints flesh as well as the Old Masters’. Rothwell went to Rome in 1831 to study the Old Masters and on his return in 1834 he concentrated on genre scenes. He died in Rome in 1868 and is buried beside the poet John Keats.
A pair of monumental carved wood console tables in the manner of William Kent made a hammer price of 17,000. There was a similar price of a pair of c1890 Italian marble busts of Cleopatra and Fille du Caire by Cesare Lapini and E la Panta. Both are signed and dated. An oil on canvas of a horse and greyhounds by John Emms (English 1841-1912) sold for 17,500 and a roll top writing desk by Francois Linke made 14,000.