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    Monday, November 27th, 2023
    Switzerland (Hazel and Alice) by Sir John Lavery at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 230,000 AT HAMMER

    Art by Lavery, Yeats, Paul Henry and Sean Keating will lead upcoming sales of Irish art at Whytes on December 4 and James Adam on December 6.  Lavery’s Switzerland (Hazel and Alice) at Whyte’s is estimated at €180,000-€220,000.  The top lot at Adams is The Captain by Yeats with an estimate of €100,000-€150,000 .Given the Lavery exhibition now on at the National Gallery in Dublin the auction of a major Lavery is timely. The catalogue cover lot was painted in Wengen, Switzerland early in 1913 at a time of intense painterly activity for the artist. The tranquility of the work belies the fact that In 1913 the world was on the brink of war. In sharp contrast is Lavery’s London Hospital, 1914 (€60,000-€80,000) at Whyte’s, which depicts early casualties of the First World War. After that one people fantasised about it being the war to end all wars.

    Aran Harbour by Sean Keating at Adams. UPDATE: THIS MADE 75,000 AT HAMMER

    A deceptively idyllic 1940’s painting of Aran Harbour by Sean Keating (€80,000-€100,000) at Adams is in fact an antidote to the horrors of the Second World War then raging. It shows two women, one looking out to sea, the other peering at the viewer, with a focus on peace and quiet in a world yet again gone mad. Plus ca change.Sea captains feature in many Yeats paintings. The Captain at Adams dates to 1948 and harks back to his youth on the quays in Sligo where his grandfather had a shipping business. 
    There are rich pickings for collectors available at each sale.  A painting of Dooega, Achill Island by Paul Henry at Whyte’s is estimated at €150,000-€200,000. Among 133 works on the catalogue at Whyte’s is a wide ranging selection from Mary Swanzy to Rita Duffy, Gerard Dillon to Felim Egan and sculptors John Behan to Michael Warren.  Notable works by Aloysius O’Kelly, William Leech, Tony O’Malley, Patrick Scott and Pauline Bewick sit alongside small collections by Nathaniel Hone,  Letitia Hamilton and Patrick Hennessy.  The selection includes auction favourites like Arthur Maderson, Kenneth Webb, Mark O’Neill, Graham Knuttel and Markey Robinson.

    Black and Green Scarecrow, Maidstone Bridge by John Shinnors at Adams. UPDATE: THIS MADE 14,000 AT HAMMER

    Top lots at Adams include three classical Paul Henry paintings Near Leenane (1935-38) (€80,000-€120,000), Keem Bay (c1911) (€60,000-€80,000) and Paysage Sinistre (1914-15) (€50,000-€70,000).  The sale features many of Ireland’s finest 19th and 20th century artists including three works on paper by Harry Clarke at a time when there is talk of a Dublin museum dedicated to the artist.The Modernist School is represented with works by Edward McGuire, Patrick Hennessy, Colin Middleton, John Doherty, John Shinnors, Basil Blackshaw and Dan O’Neill. A 19th century painting by James Arthur O’Connor, Clearing in the forest with figures (€30,000-€40,000), was recently discovered in a French private collection.


    Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

    Two artworks by Sir John Lavery and one by Jack B Yeats each made £381,000 (€437,520) at Sotheby’s Modern British and Irish art sale in London today. The Donkey Show by Yeats and A Moorish Harem and Ariadne, both by Lavery, all sold above their low estimate of £300,000. The Trotter by Yeats made £88,900 over an estimate of £80,000-£120,000 but Woodhenge by F. E. McWilliam failed to find a buyer. The Modern British and Irish day auction at Sotheby’s takes place tomorrow.

    Sir John Lavery – A Moorish Harem


    Saturday, November 11th, 2023

    The Donkey Show, a 1925 painting by Yeats, is among the headliners at Sotheby’s annual Irish art sales in London on November 21-22. His first painting of the annual Donkey Show at Goff’s Yard in Dublin was burnt in the Royal Hibernian Academy fire during the Easter Rising. In the second version, a decade later, the artist is totally released from his former representational manner.  The viewer is invited into the scene by a group of grey donkeys in the foreground with distinctive pitched ears and the work is estimated at €458,440-€687,660. Evening and day sales will offer 54 works of Irish art estimated to bring in more than €2 million. There are two works by Lavery from direct descendants of the artist and contemporary artists featured include Hughie O’Donoghue, Linda Brunker, Orla de Bri, Richard Hearns, Melissa O’Donnell, Jack Coulter, Rowan Gillespie and Nick Miller. Works are on view at the RHA in Dublin today and tomorrow.

    (See post on for November 2, 2023)


    Tuesday, September 5th, 2023
    JACK BUTLER YEATS (1871-1957) – A Girl Clings to a Young Man on the Beach. UPDATE: THIS MADE 4,000 AT HAMMER

    THIS pencil on paper by Jack Butler Yeats titled A Girl Clings to a Young Man on the Beach is from a 1904 illustration for The Collegians. It is based on the 1829 novel by G. Griffin on a notorious murder of a woman in Co. Limerick in 1819. She had been secretly married to a local landlord. Dion Boucicault based The Colleeen Bawn on Griffin’s version of the tale. The signed work comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s current online sale of Irish art with an estimate of €3,000-€5,000. The auction runs until the evening of September 11 and the catalogue is online. Meantime there will be viewing in Skibbereen on September 7, 8 and 11.


    Thursday, May 25th, 2023

    Glory to the Brave Singer by Jack B. Yeats will lead Whyte’s sale of Irish and International Art in Dublin on May 29. It depicts a woman reclining in the landscape. She raises herself from the ground and extends her right arm in an exaggerated manner pointing towards a songbird which stands on the topmost branch of a tree, its neck extended and its beak open skywards as it fills the air with its music. Her closed eyes convey an expression of complete rapture as she listens to the singing of the thrush.  The estimate is €300,000-€400,000. Included in the sale are major works by Jack Butler Yeats, Paul Henry, Roderic O’Conor, Camille Souter, Mary Swanzy, George (Æ) Russell, Louis le Brocquy, Francis Bacon, Patrick Collins, Sir Sidney Robert Nolan, Arthur Armstrong, Evie Hone and others.
    Viewing is underway at Molesworth St. and the catalogue is online.


    Sunday, May 7th, 2023
    Come on the dawn by Jack B. Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE €241,300

    What could be better.  Springtime in Paris is again enlivened this year with a feast of Irish art at Sotheby’s. Come on the dawn, a 1951 work by Jack B. Yeats (€200,000-€300,000) leads a sale supported by a global marketing campaign with Sotheby’s displaying Irish art to Paris and the world. This second edition celebrating cultural links between Ireland and France follows on from the success of an inaugural sale in 2022 which saw strong international bidding and a new world record for a work on paper by Mainie Jellett.
    Artists from the 19th century to the present day feature in the 2023 selection which includes Irish painters abroad and contemporary artworks. Paintings by Roderic O’Conor, Sir William Orpen and Sir John Lavery are on view alongside art and sculpture by Sean Scully, Louis le Brocquy, Rowan Gillespie, Orla de Bri, Peter Curling, Maser, Melissa O’Flaherty, Richard Hearns and Jack Coulter. The catalogue, with 50 lots, is online. The sale, now on view at Sotheby’s Paris headquarters on the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, takes place on May 10.

    Feeling the grass by Peter Curling. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Saturday, January 21st, 2023
    How Did You Get there? He Asked in Amazement by Jack B Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,000 AT HAMMER

    There is nothing new about celebrity donkeys in Irish fiction.  Long before Jenny the Donkey from The Banshees of Inisherin stole the show at this years Golden Globes in Hollywood The Turf Cutter’s Donkey was a favourite of generations of Irish children.  Written by Patricia Lynch (1898-1972) and first published in 1934 The Turf Cutter’s Donkey came complete with lovingly evoked illustrations of the Irish landscape by Jack B Yeats.  Lot 15 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s sizzling online sale of Irish art which runs until January 30 is an illustration by Yeats of the Turf Cutter’s Donkey which has never before been on the auction market. The sale boasts no less than five watercolours by Yeats, three of them from the tale of mystery and adventure by Patricia Lynch. It follows the exploits of Seamus and Eileen, turf cutters children from a whitewashed cottage befriended by a donkey who leads them into a series of extraordinary adventures. Leading the three illustrations from the work is The Turf Cutter’s Donkey, estimated at €15,000-€25,000. How did you get there? He asked in amazement is estimated at €5,000-€7,000 and Look at the Showdown by the Red Rock is estimated at €8,000-€12,000.  Other works by Yeats, The Derelict (1910) and The Pannier Market (1906) are estimated respectively at €10,000-€15,000 and €15,000-€25,000.

    There will be much interest in Two Pears, a 1977 oil on canvas by William Scott estimated at €50,000-€70,000.  Scott remains the most internationally celebrated  Ulster painter of the 20th century and a work of this calibre is likely to generate significant competitive bidding.   Among the other artists with a strong following featured in this sale are  Donald Teskey, John Shinnors, Hughie O’Donoghue, Mainie Jellett and James Arthur O’Connor. The catalogue is online and viewing gets underway in Skibbereen on January 26.

    (See post on for January 12, 2023)


    Thursday, January 12th, 2023
    William Scott OBE RA (1913-1989) – Two Pears (1977). UPDATE: THIS MADE 60,000 AT HAMMER

    A 1977 oil on canvas by William Scott – Two Pears – is among a very strong offering of art at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online art auction which runs until January 30. There will be no less than five watercolour works by Jack B. Yeats, three of them featured in The Turf Cutter’s Donkey by Patricia Lynch with illustrations by Yeats. Lot 15, The Turf Cutter’s Donkey, has never been on the auction market before. Estimates for these range from 5,000-25,000. Among other artists featured are  Donald Teskey, John Shinnors, Hughie O’Donoghue, Mainie Jellett and James Arthur O’Connor. The William Scott is estimated at 50,000-70,000. The catalogue will go live on January 18.

    Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957)
    The Turf Cutters Donkey
    watercolour and ink on paper. UPDATE: THIS MADE 27,000 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, November 12th, 2022
    Going to the Races by Jack B. Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE £226,800

    A feast of Irish art will be celebrated at Sotheby’s this month.  Jack B Yeats and Gerard Dillon will headline the Irish side of the Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 23.  An online sale of Irish art at Sotheby’s from next Wednesday will run until Tuesday, November 22 and a selection from these sales is on view at the RHA in Dublin this weekend. The introduction of relatively unknown artists to the world and important rediscoveries like The Fisherman’s Cottage by Gerard Dillon combine to offer Irish art an important shot in the arm.
    The global reach of Sotheby’s, the Irish diaspora, the fact that art lovers everywhere will find these sales relatively affordable compared to the stratospheric prices now achieved at the top, the presence in the catalogue of feted British artists like Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry and William Nicholson and the support of an international marketing campaign make this November a very good month indeed for Irish art and artists.

    There is much more than a sense of onwards and upwards at play.  The two atmospheric early Yeats oils Going to the Races, 1917 and Sunday Morning, 1921 and the fantastic rediscovery of The Fisherman’s Cottage, a c1950 Dillon from a private collection, have a combined value of £430,000-£670,000 (€495,000-€772,000). Dillon’s first encounter with Connemara in 1939 was a revelatory moment and this painting, set on Inishlacken looking across to Roundstone, ranks among the finest examples of his portrayals of the west of Ireland.

    The Settlers by Rowan Gillespie at Sotheby’s online sale. UPDATE: THIS MADE £47,880

    It is impossible not to be enthusiastic about the 74 diverse lots in an online sale with a range of paintings, drawings and sculpture from the 19th century to the present day. The combined estimate is €816,500-€1,231,600. There is a Gerard Dillon – Village on the Hill, a lively Paul Henry – The Entrance to Killary Bay – John Lavery’s last painting – Gypsies in Ireland and Last Bastion of the Old Theatre Royal by Harry Kernoff.  This second Theatre Royal closed its doors in 1934 and was demolished soon after.  There are 18 works from the collection of the late Irish American Brian P Burns, who amassed one of the greatest collections of Irish art in private hands.
    Contemporary artists and sculptors represented include Rowan Gillespie, Linda Brunker, John Behan, Patrick O’Reilly, Maser, Joy Gerrard, Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn, Blaise Smith and Melissa O’Flaherty and there are early works by Erskine Nicol and James Arthur O’Connor. There will be artists talks at the RHA at noon today by John Behan, Melissa O’Flaherty and Maser and at noon tomorrow by Diana Copperwhite, Richard Hearn and Blaise Smith.

    Glengariff from the Kenmare Road, Evening, 1862  by William McEvoy  from the Brian P Burns Collection at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE £6,300


    Tuesday, November 1st, 2022
    PAUL HENRY RHA (1876-1958) – Village by the Marsh (1934-1935) MADE 210,000 AT HAMMER

    Village by the Marsh by Paul Henry made a hammer price of 210,000 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art online sale this evening. The oil on canvas, measuring 18.1 inches x 22.1 inches, had been estimated at 200,000-300,000. Through the Woods to the Sea by Jack B. Yeats made a hammer price of 115,000 over a top estimate of 70,000 and My River by Yeats made 80,000 at hammer, which was the top estimate.

    Among the other hammer prices were: Composition by Mainie Jellett (46,000); The Tain, Deer Among Dolmens by Louis le Brocquy (38,000); Atlantic Famine Ship by John Behan (36,000); Blue and Brown Still Life with Knife by William Scott (34,000); Glendalough by Sir John Lavery (34,000); Seascape, Large Frigate off Haulbowline, Cork Harbour by George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson (32,000); The Big Tree, Bantry Bay by Letitia M Hamilton (23,000); Composition by Mainie Jellett (25,000); Circus goes to the Island by John Shinnors (20,000); Leaving for Achill by William Henry Bartlett (18,000); Jessie’s Hearted Scarecrow and Moon by John Shinnors (18,000); Achill Sound by Markey Robinson (18,000); Under Lismore Bridge by Arthur Maderson (14,000), Exercising on a Cloudy Morning by Peter Curling (11,500); Sleep by Christopher le Brun (11,000) and Swollen Water by Hughie O’Donoghue (10,500).