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    LADY HAMILTON BY HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON AT SOTHEBY’S

    Sunday, July 4th, 2021
    Hugh Douglas Hamilton
    Triple portrait of Emma, Lady Hamilton (1765–1815), as the three Muses (£400,000-600,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE £500,000 AT HAMMER

    This triple portrait by the Dublin artist Hugh Douglas Hamilton of Emma, Lady Hamilton, as the Three Muses comes up at Sotheby’s Old Master’s evening sale in London on July 7. A celebrated model, entertainer and artist’s muse; famous for her ‘Attitudes’ and her creative collaboration with international artists, particularly George Romney; her marriage to the great diplomat, antiquarian and collector Sir William Hamilton, British Envoy to Naples; and her relationship with Admiral Lord Nelson, the ‘Nation’s Hero’; Emma, Lady Hamilton was a cultural icon and European celebrity in the early nineteenth century. Born Amy Lyon, the daughter of a blacksmith from Cheshire, and later changing her name to Emma Hart, the young girl who was to become Lady Hamilton began her ascent as an actresses’ maid at the Drury Lane Theatre. 

    The auction includes an impressive group of early Netherlandish paintings from a Spanish private collection; masterpieces by some of the finest artists of the late 16th and 17th centuries, such as Jan Brueghel the Elder, Balthasar van der Ast and Ambrosius Bosschaert and a particularly strong offering of British works from private collections, many fresh to the market.

    MITCHELSTOWN CONNECTION AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK ONLINE SALE

    Friday, January 15th, 2021
    UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $30,000

    This portrait by Hugh Douglas Hamilton (1739-1808) of Robert King, 2nd Earl of Kingston and Caroline, nee Fitzgerald, Countess of Kingston is at Christie’s online right now. It is lot 81 of an online auction of Old Master and British Drawings including property from the Cornelia Bessie Estate at Christie’s, New York until January 28.

    The Earl of Kingston is a title in the Peerage of Ireland. Robert, 2nd Earl of Kingston (1753-1799), was the M.P. for County Cork. He and his wife Caroline (1754-1823) hired the author and educational philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) as governess to their daughters at Mitchelstown Castle – she had a particular influence on Margaret, their eldest daughter, who became a well-known writer and political activist. Wollstonecraft, now regarded as a founding feminist philosopher, died 11 days after giving birth to her second daughter, the writer Mary Shelley, author of Frankenstein. The painting is estimated at $12,000-18,000.

    TWO DAY SALE AT SHEPPARDS IN DURROW NEXT WEEK

    Friday, November 23rd, 2018

    The two day sale at Sheppards in Durrow on November 27 and 28  will feature important furniture, decorative art, fine wines, art, sculpture, rugs, silver and jewellery.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    LARGE NINETEENTH-CENTURY VENETIAN PAINTED CABINET (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    J. D’ATTE – Fete au Village (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,700 AT HAMMER

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON (1740-1808). – Mary Jervis (1737-1828) a descendent of Humphrey Jervis who developed Dublin’s Jervis Street (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    IRISH NINETEENTH-CENTURY MAHOGANY SIDE TABLE (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,400 AT HAMMER

    FRENCH EMPIRE ORMOLU MANTLE CLOCK (1,500-2,500)

    TWO LARGE CHINESE QING PERIOD BLANC DE CHINE GUANYIN (1,400-1,800)  UPDATE; THESE MADE 2,400 AT HAMMER

    IMPORTANT IRISH ART AT JAMES ADAM

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

    Portrait of Maria Susanna Ormsby by Hugh Douglas Hamilton RHA (1734-1808)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER

    The Spring Sale of Important Irish Art at James Adam in Dublin on March 27 will offer a range of work from the 18th century to the present day. One of the earliest is a rediscovered portrait by Hugh Douglas Hamilton, arguably this country’s most important portraitist, of Maria Susanna Ormsby, daughter of the MP for Sligo William Ormsby.  This painting re-emerged in the dispersal of the Harlech Collection in Wales a year ago and is now estimated at 25,000-35,000.

    A Paul Henry, Looking Towards Achill from the East of Achill Sound, is estimated at 40,000-60,000. There are two large works by Tony O’Malley and two by John Shinnors from  very different periods.  The mid 20th century Northern Irish School is well represented by artists like Colin Middleton and Dan O’Neill which William Conor’s 1923 work Water Buckets is estimated at 20,000-30,000.  The catalogue is online and features 123 works.

    A SUNDAY INTERIORS AUCTION AT JAMES ADAM, DUBLIN

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

    The Sunday Interiors sale at James Adam in Dublin on September 20 offers everything from a portrait of Casimir Markievicz to a Victorian silver claret jug.  There are 400 lots of furniture, paintings, silver and decorative arts. Here is a small sample.  The catalogue is online.

    A VICTORIAN SILVER REPOUSSÉ CLARET JUG, London 1878 (2,000-3,000).

    A VICTORIAN SILVER REPOUSSÉ CLARET JUG, London 1878 (2,000-3,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,900

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON RHA (1734-1808) Viscountess Lifford (4,000-6,000)

    HUGH DOUGLAS HAMILTON RHA (1734-1808) Viscountess Lifford (4,000-6,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 3,500 AT HAMMER

    IRISH BREAKFRONT MAHOGANY BOOKCASE, c.1920 (2,000-3,000).

    IRISH BREAKFRONT MAHOGANY BOOKCASE, c.1920 (2,000-3,000).  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR 2,000

    A portrait of Casimir Markievicz attributed to John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) (3,000-5,000)

    A portrait of Casimir Markievicz attributed to John Butler Yeats (1839-1922) (3,000-5,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS WITHDRAWN