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    ONLINE SALE OF IRISH ART BY MORGAN O’DRISCOLL ON VIEW

    Tuesday, July 27th, 2021
    William Percy French (1854-1920) – Sunset in Mayo. UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,600 AT HAMMER

    Sunset in Mayo, a watercolour by the noted songwriter and painter Percy French, is lot 30 at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art which runs until August 3. The estimate is €4,000-€6,000. There are 256 lots on offer in a sale designed to suit all tastes. The many visitors to west Cork right now will have an opportunity to view this sale in person at Morgan O’Driscoll’s offices in Skibbereen. There will be in person viewing right over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The sale is on view from 11 am to 5 pm from July 30 to August 2 and from 11 am to 3 pm on the day of the auction.

    PAINTING OF GORTNAMONA BY PERCY FRENCH

    Thursday, March 11th, 2021

    Long long ago the entertainer, artist and songwriter Percy French (1854-1920) painted a picture of Gortnamona and put the words of his famous song on the back. The watercolour comes up at Morgan O’Driscoll’s online sale of Irish art which runs to March 15. Lot 3 in a sale of 440 has an estimate of 2,000-3,000.

    Gortnamona by Percy French. UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER

    WHERE THE MOUNTAINS OF MOURNE SWEEP DOWN TO THE SEA

    Friday, March 6th, 2020

    A sculptural installation to mark the centenary of the death of Percy French was unveiled today at the Slieve Donard Hotel, Newcastle, County Down where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea. One of Ireland’s greatest songwriters, composers and entertainers French is best known as writer of humorous songs like Phil The Fluther’s Ball, Slattery’s Mounted Foot, Are You Right There Michael, Come Back Paddy Reilly to Ballyjamesduff and, most famously, The Mountains of Mourne.

    Commissioned by Hastings Hotels, who own the Slieve Donard Hotel, the installation is designed by Andrew Todd of Tandem Design, who has worked on Titanic Belfast and King John’s Castle in Limerick, and is produced by local craftspeople. It consists of the words of The Mountains of Mourne interwoven in three metal panels.

    Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

    PERCY FRENCH RETROSPECTIVE AT ORIEL GALLERY

    Monday, April 4th, 2011

    'Horse Drawn Barge on the Grand Canal Dublin' is the title of this 1896 work by Percy French. (click on image to enlarge)

    THE Percy French retrospective now on at the Oriel Gallery in Dublin features over 80 unique watercolours. This is the largest collection of his paintings ever assembled.

    A watercolourist of considerable note Percy French (1854-1920) is best known as one of Ireland’s foremost songwriters.
    Among the most famous songs which he wrote or collaborated with are Phil the Fluters Ball, Are ye right there Michael, Abdul Abulbul Amir, The Mountains of Mourne and Slattery’s Mounted Foot.
    After graduating as a civil engineer from TCD in 1881 he joined the Board of Works in Co. Cavan as an inspector of drains.   He was particularly prolific as a painter and songwriter around this period.
    Since it first opened its doors in 1968 The Oriel Gallery has successfully promoted his art.
    The retrospective, which runs until May 1, sets out to honour his achievement as an Irish landscape painter of merit, whose works have a gentle allure and captivating, atmospheric calm that is both understated and unique.
    It is comprised mostly of paintings on loan, but a small number of the works are for sale.