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    Monday, September 27th, 2021

    Paul Henry, Daniel O’Neill, Nathaniel Hill, William Henry Bartlett, Seán Keating Percy French, Mildred Anne Butler, Susan ‘Lily’ Yeats, Letitia Hamilton, Grace Henry, Cecil Maguire, Patrick Collins, Seán Scully, Tony O’Malley, John Shinnors, Hughie O’Donoghue, Donald Teskey, Anthony Scott, Howard Hodgkin, Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Pablo Picasso all feature at Whyte’s sale of Irish and International Art in Dublin today. The online auction gets underway at 6 pm. 

    (See posts on for September 23 and September 18, 2021)

    Lot 59 – HOWARD HODGKIN (BRITISH, 1932-2017) – FOR JACK, 2005 (€5,000-€7,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 5,200 AT HAMMER


    Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

    Viewing is now underway in Dublin for Whyte’s evening and online sale of Irish and International art on September 27. Shown here is A Games of Dominoes, Brittany, 1893 by William Henry Bartlett ROI, RBC (1858-1932). Lot 121 is estimated at 20,000-30,000. Bartlett is represented in The National Gallery of Ireland, and in the Ulster Museum, Belfast, as well as public galleries in England including Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds and Liverpool, and Melbourne Australia. The sale of 158 lots includes on the international side art by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, a Madoura plate by Picasso and a Picasso lithograph.  

    A Games of Dominoes, Brittany, 1893 by William Henry Bartlett ROI, RBC (1858-1932). UPDATE: THIS MADE 26,000 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, September 18th, 2021
    A Village in Connemara by Paul Henry. UPDATE: THIS MADE 120,000 AT HAMMER

    An Iconic Connemara scene by Paul Henry will highlight Whyte’s sale of Irish and International art in Dublin on September 27. With its windswept tree and post impressionist style A Village in Connemara is a small though important work which measures just six inches by eight. It was acquired by Lt. Colonel Frank Stanton who visited Ireland around 1919-20 and met the artist. He bought six paintings and brought them back to Canada with his fiancee Mary Preston of Gormanston, Co. Meath. On another visit in 1936 he met Paul Henry again and bought three more paintings. They were passed on to his daughters, nephews and nieces. One daughter gave this one to her niece who gifted it to her husband, the present owner. It is estimated at €60,000-€80,000.

     Prime lots include Harvesters by Dan O’Neill (€30,000-€40,000); Horses and Donkeys in a Wooded landscape by Thomas Roberts (1749-1778) and Convalescent by Nathanial Hill (1860-1930), each estimated at €20,000-€30,000.  There is a complete selection of 84 broadsides by Jack B. Yeats, a portrait of James Millington Synge by Harry Kernoff, a view of the Bridge and Castle, Macroom by Kenneth Webb, Beara by Louis le Brocquy, a mask of the River Lee by Rory Breslin and paintings by William Scott, Tony O’Malley, Barrie Cooke, John Shinnors and Donald Teskey. On the international side there is art by Bob Dylan, David Bowie, a Madoura plate by Picasso and a Picasso lithograph.  The auction of 158 lots will be on view at Whyte’s from next Wednesday.


    Thursday, June 10th, 2021

    Viewing for the summer art auction at Whyte’s on June 14 gets underway at Molesworth St. in Dublin today. Visitors are requested to wear face masks. The timed online auction runs until 6 pm next Monday. This is a sale of over 300 lots with guide estimates from 60 to 5,000. Many famous Irish artists are represented and Whyte’s say that it is an ideal time for newcomers and established collectors to dip their toe into the art world. The catalogue is online.

    Louis le Brocquy – No Lemon (1974) 59/75 (1,000-1,500)


    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


    Saturday, May 8th, 2021

    A letter from Kevin Barry to Kathleen Carney just hours before he was executed is the most expensively estimated lot at Whyte’s annual Eclectic Collector sale next weekend. There are historical artefacts, manuscripts, books, maps, militaria, coins, banknotes, tribal objects and rare whiskies on offer. The auction kicks off with a Bronze Age sword found in Co. Fermanagh 70 years ago and estimated at €4,500-€5,500. At around 3000 years old it is the oldest object on offer. A copy of the Good Friday Agreement of 1998 signed by many of the negotiators (€5,000-€7,000) is in sharp contrast in terms of age. The letter Kevin Barry wrote to his friend Kathleen Carney, who would have been about 20 at the time, is estimated at €60.000-€80,000.  In the hours leading up to his hanging the 18 year old medical student mentions visits from two Sisters of Charity, the chaplain Fr. Albert, two Bon Secours Sisters  and finishes … “say a little prayer for me when I cash in, your pal, Kevin”.  Because Kevin Barry died at such a young age his signature is much prized by collectors. The sale includes four of his schoolbooks, including his French book signed K. Barry, Loyalist.A  collection of memorabilia relating to Count John McCormack and his family, including his portable altar and Papal Count uniforms, will arouse much interest. This is a timed online sale with the first session starting at noon on May and the second getting underway at noon on May 16. The online catalogue lists 655 lots.



    Monday, March 22nd, 2021
    Lemons by Georges Braque (1882-1963). UPDATE: THIS MADE 7,200 AT HAMMER

    This etching with aquatint by Georges Braque dates to 1929 and is No. 3 from an edition of 50. It comes up at Whyte’s online sale of Irish and International Art this evening with an estimate of 2,000-3,000. The virtual auction of 153 lots features work by sculptors John Behan and Rowan Gillespie, paintings by Jack B. Yeats, Louis le Brocquy, Paul Henry, Patrick Scott, Camille Souter,  William Crozier, James Humbert Craig, Gladys Maccabe, Dan O’Neill and international artists Tracey Emin, Bob Dylan and Damien Hirst.


    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, March 1st, 2021

    Nassau St. and Trinity College, Dublin by Colin Gibson is lot number 23 at Whyte’s timed spring online art sale which gets underway in Dublin at 6 pm today (March 1). The oil on board is estimated at €700-€1,000. More than 260 lots with estimates from 60 to 5,000 are on offer. UPDATE: THIS PAINTING MADE 1,000 AT HAMMER


    Saturday, December 5th, 2020

    It is a mark of the healthy state of the Irish art market that just over 400 lots coming under the hammer at evening sales by Whytes, de Veres and Adams next week can be confidently expected to bring in millions. Collectors of Irish art across all price ranges have shown themselves to be not backward about coming forward in this year of pandemic.  There will be plenty of stiff competition for the appetising selection at these three major Dublin sales where no less than 11 lots have estimates in excess of €100,000.

    Artists like William Scott, Walter Osborne, Sean Scully, Jack B. Yeats, Paul Henry, Louis le Brocquy, William Orpen and Gerard Dillon contribute the most expensively estimated lots to the catalogues of these auctions.  But never mind if your budget will not stretch that far, there is much to choose from in the lower reaches. At Whytes on December 7 there is no shortage of work in the €1,000-€10,000 range with a wide selection from artists including Donald Teskey, Kenneth Webb, Peter Collis, Arthur Maderson, Maurice MacGonigal, John Kingerlee and Derek Hill.  A number of major Paul Henry’s, including The Blue Hills of Connemara (€200,000-€300,000), Killary Bay (€150,000-€200,000) and The Stony Fields of Kerry (€90,000-€150,000) feature. Other top estimated works are: A Tale of the Sea by Walter Osborne (€300,000-€400,000), Sergeant Murphy by Sir William Orpen (€250,000-€350,000), Sculling by Jack Butler Yeats €200,000-€300,000) and The Tinker Family by Gerard Dillon (€80,000-€120,000).

    William Scott’s Still Life with Frying Pan at de Veres on December 8 is estimated at €200,000-€300,000. Untitled 3-7-86 by Sean Scully has an estimate of €80,000-€120,000 in a sale which de Veres rightly describe as being of outstanding quality which includes significant works by Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, Dan O’Neill, Patrick Scott, Hughie O’Donoghue, Evie Hone, Roderic O’Conor, Norah McGuinness and Louis le Brocquy.

    A large colourful oil by Yeats, Sleep by Falling Water (€150,000-€200,000) is the most expensively estimated lot in the sale at Adams on December 9. There is a fine Aubusson tapestry by Louis le Brocquy entitled Mille Tetes B with an estimate of €50,000-€80,000 and a great selection which includes Walter Osborne, Tony O’Malley, Dan O’Neill, Colin Middleton and Norah McGuinness.All catalogues are online.

    Inscape by Tony O’Malley at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE 11,000 AT HAMMER