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    Portrait of Rose, Fourth Marchioness of Headfort by Sir William Orpen (1878-1931). UPDATE: THIS MADE £577,250.

    Prime Irish works of art gathered from around the world will be on view in Dublin and Belfast prior to Sotheby’s  sale of British and Irish art in London on May 10.  Sir William Orpen’s Portrait of Rose, Fourth Marchioness of Headfort (£300,000-500,000) and Portrait of Geoffrey, Fourth Marquis of Headfort (£60,000-80,000) are being presented for sale together.  The sitters, Geoffrey Thomas Taylour and Rose Boote, married in the face of disrepute and disgrace. It was a love that endured until Geoffrey’s death in 1943. Rose commissioned the portraits. They were exhibited at the 147th summer exhibition of 1915, by which time Orpen was unquestionably the leading portrait painter of his generation in the Royal Academy in London.

    Augustus John (1878-1961), Portrait of W.B. Yeats. (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £51,650

    There are two landscapes by James Arthur O’Connor (1792-1841). A View of Fin Lough and Delphi Lodge (£30,000-50,000) and A Mountain Road in Mayo (£15,000-25,000) were commissioned by the 2nd Marquess of Sligo.  A Connaught Fishing Village (£120,000-180,000) is the most expensively estimated of four Paul Henry (1876-1958) works in the auction.  All are classical western landscapes. Among the Twelve Pins, Connemara is estimated at £100,000-150,000, The Edge is estimated at £80,000-120,000 and Turf Stacks in the West has an estimate of £60,000-80,000.  A still life by Roderic O’Conor  (1860-1940) is estimated at £50,000-80,000 and a reclining nude by the same artist has an estimate of £40,000-60,000. A portrait of W.B. Yeats by Augustus John (1878-1961) is estimated at £30,000-50,000.  May Day by F.E. McWilliam (1909-1992), one of his most striking Bean sculptures, is estimated at £70,000-100,000.  A group of Northern Irish works includes Summer by Daniel O’Neill (1920-1974) estimated at £60,000-80,000 and Manna by Colin Middleton  (1910-1983), estimated at £30,000-50,000.

    Irish paintings and sculpture from the sale will be on view at Sotheby’s, 16 Molesworth St., Dublin on April 24 and 25 and at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on April 27 and 28. (See post on for January 16, 2012).

    James Arthur O'Connor (1792-1841) - View of Fin Lough and Delphi Lodge. (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS MADE £36,050.

    May Day by F.E. McWilliam (1909-1992). (Click on image to enlarge). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

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