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    The Rebuilding of Monte Cassino (1951) by Patrick Hennessy at Adams. UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    In Dublin viewings get underway on March 22 for upcoming sales of important Irish art at both James Adam and de Veres.  The sale at James Adam on March 27 features some of Ireland’s best loved artists with estimates of from €500 to over €60,000 for The Bog by Paul Henry (€60,000-€80,000).A number of paintings by Patrick Hennessy and Harry Roberston Craig from the collection of Pamela and George Fegan, a Dublin couple who were friends of both artists and bought directly from them, will feature. The catalogue cover lot is a 1951 painting by Patrick Hennessy, The Rebuilding of Monte Cassino, located about 130 kilometres south east of Rome and site of a major Second World War battle in 1944.  This work, which has not been on the market before, is estimated at €10,000-€15,000.

    Eliza Doolittle in Dublin by Sean Keating (€50,000-€70,000) is the most expensively estimated lot at de Veres sale on March 26.  Based on Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw the 1965 work depicts a daffodil seller against a background of Georgian buildings and thunderous clouds. Sean Keating, along with many others, was vociferous in his condemnation of the destruction of Georgian Dublin which got underway in the 1950’s. Among the other highlights at de Veres are John B Vallely’s Heading for the Final Sprint with a pack of cyclists in full flight and  Letitia Hamilton’s Wind Blown Tree, Killary. There is a collection of works on paper by Mainie Jellett.  All catalogues are online now.

    Eliza Doolittle in Dublin by Sean Keating at de Veres. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

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