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    Tuesday, September 21st, 2021
    Salute/Farewell to Rosses Point by Jack B. Yeats. UPDATE: THIS MADE 140,000 AT HAMMER

    Salute/Farewell to Rosses Point by Jack B Yeats (€120,000-€160,000) is a highlight at Adams evening sale of Important Irish Art on September 29. It dates to 1946 and is one of a number of works from the 1940’s, when Yeats was in his seventies, that hark back to his youth.  As a boy the artist frequently travelled on the pilot boats for merchant ships headed to Sligo.  The Adams sale kicks off with a 1997 watercolour by John Doherty of a lightship.  There are some attractive coloured pencil drawings by Mary Swanzy, watercolours by Gerard Dillon and Andrew Nicholl and ink on paper works by Patrick Scott.  An arresting self portrait by William Leech has an estimate of €20,000-€30,000.  There is a similar estimate on two works by Dan O’Neill, Cold Spring Morning, Donegal  and Spanish Girl.

    Self Portrait with window and table by William Leech. UPDATE: THIS MADE 17,000 AT HAMMER

    The Pump of St. Nicholas, Antwerp was one of the first open air paintings that  Walter Osborne made on the Continent and was exhibited in Dublin in 1883.  It is estimated at €70,000-€100,000.  Don Quixote by Sean Keating and Coloured Rain by Basil Blackshaw are each  estimated at €30,000-€50,000. There is art by Tony O’Malley, Jane O’Malley, George Campbell, Nano Reid, Mainie Jellett, Norah McGuinness, Patsy Dan Rogers, Brian Bourke and Markey Robinson as well as sculpture by John Behan, Sonja Landweer and others in a well chosen evening auction of 146 lots.


    Thursday, July 8th, 2021
    Jack B. Yeats – Bachelor’s Walk, In Memory 

    This work by Jack B. Yeats – Bachelor’s Walk, In Memory – has just become part of the national collection at the National Gallery of Ireland purchased with special support of the Government of Ireland and key contributions from several donors. The painting depicts an incident in Dublin city centre in 1914 in which a detachment of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators. Three people were killed (a fourth later died) and over 35 were injured. Earlier that day soldiers and officers of the Dublin Metropolitan Police and Royal Irish Constabulary had intercepted Volunteers and members of Na Fianna transporting a consignment of rifles and ammunition that had arrived at Howth earlier on board the yacht The Asgard.  The artist did not witness the event but visited the following day and based the painting on a sketch he produced on the spot. He noted ‘a bullet hole in shop window’ and recorded that ‘a few paces further towards O’Connell bridge flower girls had thrown flowers’. The painting was not seen publicly until 1922, when it featured alongside other works by Yeats at the ‘Exposition d’Art Irlandais’ in Paris. It has been on long-term loan to the Gallery for the past twelve years.


    Wednesday, July 7th, 2021
    Jack B. Yeats – Among Horses

    Among Horses by Jack B. Yeats comes up at Christie’s live online sale of the B.J. Eastwood Collection in London on July 9 with an estimate of £400,000-600,000. Painted in 1947 it was acquired in 1994 by Barney Eastwood. The 30 lots in the sale represent B.J. Eastwood’s deep interest in Irish painting and equestrian art. B.J. Eastwood started his collection in the mid 1970s, at a time when he was particularly drawn to collection and house sales. However, it was his abiding love of sport and his eye for quality and detail which translated into an intrigue and fascination specifically with Sporting and Irish artists.  He followed the great sales of the 1970s and 1980s, and over time built an outstanding collection of the genres’ greatest examples. UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD. THE EASTWOOD SALE BROUGHT IN £14,187,750

    (See post on for June 18, 2021)


    Friday, June 18th, 2021

    The wonderful Barney Eastwood Collection of Important Sporting and Irish Pictures comes up at Christie’s in London on July 9. The 30 lots range from 19th century sporting pictures through to defining representations of Munnings’ oeuvre, to an extraordinary group of Yeats’ illustrating key periods of his work. Other leading examples of Irish Art are included in the sale, with works by Walter Frederick Osborne, Sir William Orpen, Roderic O’Conor, Paul Henry, Sir John Lavery, and Gerard Dillon. The collection, which he started in the 1970’s, represent his deep interest in equestrian painting and Irish Art.

    Barney Eastwood, known to his friends and family as ‘BJ’, was born in Northern Ireland in 1932. A talented Gaelic football player he was a member of the Co. Tyrone team which won the All Ireland Minor Championship in 1948. Both horse and greyhound racing were significant sporting passions throughout his lifetime, and together with his great friend and erstwhile business partner Alfie McLean, he had many successful runners over the years.

    Charles Cator, deputy chairman, Christie’s International, commented: B.J. Eastwood was a very private man and the collection was intensely personal, acquired not for show or prestige but for the enjoyment of himself, his family and those close to him – it was the least ostentatious way of collecting and it was from the heart.’

    A SUMMER DAY BY JACK B. YEATS (£500,000-800,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE £1,162,500


    Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

    THIS painting by Jack B  Yeats with the intriguing title Muldoon and Rattlesnake, Drumcliffe Strand, Co. Sligo, 1928 comes up at Whyte’s sale of Irish and International Art in Dublin on May 31. Drumcliffe farmer Mike Muldoon was a famous amateur jockey and athlete in Sligo in the late 19th century. His successes at the strand races caught the imagination of many local people and the artist.  He and his horse Rattlesnake were the subject of two other works by Yeats and his prowess as an athlete inspired an 1899 watercolour titled In the Foot Race there are many to Compete now in the collection of Ireland’s National Gallery.  The races on the strand were a favourite theme of many early works by Yeats and Hilary Pyle speculates that Muldoon may have been the inspiration for one of the jockeys in Before the Start at the National Gallery.  Memories of the strand races, the crowds and the excitement obviously resonated deeply with Yeats as this painting was made at least 30 years after he had seen Muldoon in action. It is estimated at €100,000-€150,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE 160,000 AT HAMMER


    Friday, March 19th, 2021

    Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Louis le Brocquy, John Shinnors and Donald Teskey are among the artists represented at Whyte’s evening sale of Irish and International Art online from Dublin on March 22. Among the other artists in the auction are John Behan, Michael Canning, James Humbert Craig, William Crozier, Bob Dylan, Tracey Emin, Rowan Gillespie, Damien Hirst, Graham Knuttel, Arthur Maderson, Gladys Maccabe, Dan O’Neill, Liam O’Neill, Thomas Ryan, Cecil French Salkeld, Patrick Scott and Camille Souter. The catalogue is online and bidding is open.

    (See post on for March 14, 2021)

    Paul Henry (1876-1958) – Spring in Wicklow UPDATE: THIS MADE 150,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, February 8th, 2021

    Until we Meet Again by Jack B Yeats comes up at Christie’s Modern British Art evening sale in London on March 1. Painted in 1949 it personifies his expressionistic style of the late 1940’s. Characterised by dynamic brush strokes and thick impasto Christie’s say that Yeats’s treatment of the medium can be readily compared to the paintings of his European Expressionist contemporaries, most notably the work of his good friend Oskar Kokoschka. The work is estimated at £500,000-800,000. UPDATE: THIS MADE £598.500


    Wednesday, December 9th, 2020

    Sleep by Falling Water by Jack B. Yeats sold for a hammer price of 265,000 at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin this evening. The 1948 work was painted when Yeats was 77. It had been estimated at 150,000-200,000 and is the most expensive artwork sold at Adams this year.


    Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

    There is to be a celebration of Jack B. Yeats at the National Gallery of Ireland next year. Jack B. Yeats: Painting & Memory which opens on September 4, 2021, exhibits the work of one of Ireland’s pre-eminent artists drawn from public and private collections in Ireland and abroad. The show will explore the role of memory in Yeats’ life and work. Memories of childhood in Sligo, observations of humanity and his reflections on life and loss feature in many of Yeats’ oil paintings.

    Jack B. Yeats – Pilot Sligo River


    Sunday, August 30th, 2020

    The Sick Bed by Jack B. Yeats at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on September 2 is as topical in the pandemic as it was months ago in March when this auction was originally scheduled to take place.  This 1950 painting, with an estimate of  €250,000-€350,000, highlights an auction that includes new to market works by leading Irish artists and 16 paintings by Terence P.Flanagan from the estate of his widow Sheelagh. The Sick Bed is a late Yeats work which depicts the psychological and emotional interaction between a man in a dark blue suit sitting at the bedside of a woman whose head reclines on the pillow.Hay Stooks with Cottages by Paul Henry, from a private Cork collection, is estimated at  €50,000-€70,000 as is Bound for the Islands by Yeats. Bogland Kerry by Paul Henry has an estimate of €40,000-€60,000.
    In his catalogue introduction the art historian Dickon Hall chronicles the position  of Terence and Sheelagh Flanagan in the cultural life of Northern Ireland at a time of intense political upheaval.  He places this art in the context of work by William Scott and F E McWilliam, as well as that of Seamus Heaney, all of whom were friends of the Flanagans.  The paintings on offer range from early works from the 1960’s to 2005 with estimates from €1,500-€10,000.Dan O’Neill’s Four Provinces of Ireland is a set of four oil paintings featuring Mount Errigal, Carrantuohill, Glendalough and The Twelve Bens. These small works are estimated at €20,000-€30,000.
    An Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy of  oranges in a cloud of greenery against a deep blue sky is estimated at €30,000-€50,000. A watercolour image of Samuel Beckett  by le Brocquy is estimated at €15,000-€20,000.Colin Middleton’s Birth of David dates to 1944 and comes with surreal references to the life of King David and perhaps the Star of David at a time of persecution of jews in Europe (€20,000-€30,000).There is contemporary art by Patrick Collins, Donald Teskey, Nano Reid, Sean McSweeney, Tony O’Malley, Norah McGuinness and David Crone and sculpture by Jacob Epstein, John Behan and Sandra Bell.

    UPDATE: Hay Stooks with Cottages by Paul Henry made 100,000 at hammer, Connemara Landscape by Paul Henry made 70,000 at hammer, Coastal Report 1 by Donald Teskey made 34,000 over a top estimate of 15,000, Bound for the Islands by Jack B. Yeats sold for 90,000 over a top estimate of 70,000, The Sick Bed by Yeats was unsold. A portrait by Sir Gerard Festus Kelly of Man Than E made 36,00 and Ucello, an Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy made 65,000 at hammer, Bogland Kerry by Paul Henry sold for 36,000 and The Four Provinces of Ireland by Dan O’Neill made 20,000.

    The Sick Bed by Jack Butler Yeats RHA (1871-1957). UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD