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    Wednesday, November 15th, 2023
    Circle of Augustus John – Portrait of Lady Gregory

    This c1920 portrait of Lady Gregory from the circle of Augustus John sold for a hammer price of €5,600 at day two of Fonsie Mealy’s sale in Castlecomer today. The sitter is clearly in mourning and Lady Gregory perpetually wore black in memory of her late husband William. In the National Portrait Gallery in London there is a lithographed portrait of Lady Gregory, by Flora Lion, dating to 1913, that compares with the present work. Lady Gregory often welcomed visiting artists and poets as guests at her house, Coole Park, in Co. Galway, and this work may have been painted by an artist such as Augustus John, who stayed several times at Coole Park, and at Mount Vernon, the Gregory summer home in the Burren. It had been estimated at €3,000-€5,000.


    Tuesday, March 10th, 2020

    Memories of the goodwill shown by those working in the Irish theatre towards the arts in general and visual art in particular are contained in a lot at Fonsie Mealy’s Spring Rare Book Sale in Castlecomer on March 11. Lot 608 is a large Irish linen printed handkerchief sold by the Irish players at $1 towards a building for Sir Hugh Lane’s gift of paintings for Ireland. Dated April 1913 it is illustrated with a group scene of players and individual portraits, signed by W.B. Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory and folded in its original envelope. The lot contains Irish plays by Yeats, Synge, William Boyle and Lady Gregory toured under the direction of Alfred Wareing in the summer of 1906. Consigned by Lady Gregory’s grand daughter Mrs. Catherine Kennedy, it is estimated at 250-350.

    A nephew of Lady Gregory, Sir Hugh Lane established Dublin’s Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, the first known public gallery of modern art in the world. He was among the victims of the Lusitania disaster in 1915.



    Sunday, August 27th, 2017
    All that remains of the house at Coole Park – home to Lady Gregory and forever associated with the Irish literary renaissance – is the plinth on which it once stood.  Two pastels of the vanished house by the poet WB Yeats will come up at Sotheby’s sale of 220 lots of the Yeats family collection in London on September 27.
    Like the rest of his siblings the poet WB Yeats was a trained artist. He dearly loved this house and the grounds on which it stood, now a nature reserve. His poem The Wild Swans at Coole was inspired by this landscape near Gort and he described it as “the most beautiful place in the world”.
    The most expensively estimated lot in the sale is the long series of letters he wrote to Olivia Shakespear, his life long friend and first lover, which is estimated at £250,000-350,000.  The Runaway Horse is the most valuable of the 35 artworks by Jack B Yeats and is estimated at £150,000-250,000.  Many lots from among the personal effects of John Butler Yeats and his children, poet WB, embroidery designer Lily, printing press pioneer Lolly and artist Jack, have much more affordable estimates.
    Among these is a textile by Lily illustrating The Lake Isle of Innisfree (£1,500-2,500), the Yeats family dining table acquired by WB with money awarded when he won the Nobel Prize in 1923 (£1,500-2,500), a portrait by WB’s muse and sometimes lover Maud Gonne of her daughter Iseult (£2,000-3,000), Jack’s artist palette (£200-300), WB’s late 19th century Canton chess set (£2,500-3,500), the Yeats family scrapbook with 47 drawings by William, Jack, Lily and Lolly (4,000-6,000) and a handmade boat by the Poet Laureate John Masefield (£700-900).

    Highlights will be on view at the RHA Gallery in Dublin from September 14-16 and viewing in London gets underway on September 22.  The auction on September 27 is on the same day at Sotheby’s annual Irish art sale.

    Coole, coloured pastels by William Butler Yeats (£7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £43,750

    WB Yeats Writing Bureau, England 18th century (£20,000-30,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £187,500

    Jack Butler Yeats – William Butler Yeats reading in the garden Bedford Park (£8,000-12,000)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £30,000

    The Yeats family dining table (England 20th century) 1,500-2,500.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £8,000 AT HAMMER