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    Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

    The William Scott mural being sold by strapped for cash RTE, Ireland’s state broadcaster, comes up at Sotheby’s in London on November 19. Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) is lot 25 at Sotheby’s Modern and Post War British Art sale where it is estimated at £150,000-250,000.

    It was commissioned by Ronald Tallon of Scott, Tallon and Walker in 1966. The size was agreed beforehand that it was to be: ‘Height: not less than 5’0” and not more than 6’6”. Width: units of 2’6” not less than 5’)” overall’ and Scott’s resulting work centres on two abstracted forms painted thinly and presented on a grand scale.

    Lot 24, White with Black Predominating by William Scott is from the Patrick and Antoinette Murphy Collection and is estimated at £250,000-350,000. It was bought by the couple after they had seen it at the Trinity College, Dublin exhibition in 1973. He is a former chairman of the Arts Council of Ireland, she set up the Peppercannister Gallery in Dublin.

    UPDATE: White with Black Predominating sold for a hammer price of £275,000.

    William Scott – Abstract Painting (Radio Telefis Eireann Mural) UPDATE: THIS MADE £187,500 AT HAMMER.


    Friday, October 11th, 2019

    Hard on the heels of their Country House Collections auction at Townley Hall on October 15 the Dublin firm of James Adam will offer what is described as the most important single owner auction of Irish art in Dublin on October 23. On offer is around 200 lots of paintings, prints and sculpture from the collection of Antoinette and Pat Murphy. The total estimate for the sale is over one million euro. It is a collection of breadth and variety ranging from works by Nathaniel Hone, Paul Henry and Jack B. Yeats to contemporary work by Barrie Cooke, Basil Blackshaw and Camille Souter. The catalogue is online.

    William Scott – Two Pears (25,000-35,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 61,000 AT HAMMER


    Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

    Near Abstraction 7 is one of a number of works by William Scott at Sotheby’s Made in Britain auction on September 10. The pencil and chalk on paper, signed and dated ’75, is estimated at £6,000-8,000.

    Sotheby’s has a number of valuation days in Ireland and Northern Ireland coming up as follows:

    5th September: Impressionist & Modern Art

    6th September: Jewellery & Watches

    24th September: European Sculpture & Works of Art

    25th September: 19th Century European Paintings

    9th October: Furniture & Decorative Arts



    Monday, April 22nd, 2019

    The Birth of Modernism in Irish Art 1920-1960 is the title of an exhibition running at the State Apartment Galleries in Dublin Castle until August 18.  In his catalogue commentary curator David Britton notes that it took time before the influence of early 20th century advances in art reached these shores.  With the formation of the Irish Free State in 1922 the culturally conservative government and middle class catholics favoured art depicting west of Ireland cottages (Paul Henry), Irish agricultural workers (Sean Keating) or people at leisure as shown by William Conor or James Humbert Craig. The main exponents of Surrealism were Colin Middleton and Nevill Johnson. Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone were the first artists to promote pure Cubism in Ireland, but other Irish artists like May Guinness and Mary Swanzy had studied in Paris before Jellett and Hone’s arrival there. When Jellett first exhibited pure abstract work in 1923  there was a hostile review by the artist/poet George Russell. In 1943 Jellett was instrumental along with le Brocquy, Norah McGuinness, Jack Hanlon and others in organising the first Irish Exhibition of Living Art.  Dublin Castle is one of the leading public sites of the OPW.  Visitor numbers have been rising and reached 440,000 last year. 



    Thursday, November 8th, 2018

    Mask by Henry Moore will lead Bonhams Modern British and Irish art sale in London on November 14. Estimated at £1-1.7 million it is on the market for the first time in 80 years and has never before been at auction. Only four of the series of 12 masks remain in private hands with others at The Tate, Henry Moore Foundation and Leeds City Gallery.  There is a strong Irish representation in this sale with works by William Scott, Sir John Lavery and F.E. MacWilliam.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    Sir John Lavery – Study for Ascot in Rain. UPDATE: THIS MADE £187,500

    Henry Moore – Mask (£1-1.7 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £3,248,750

    William Scott – Still Life with Fish (££150,000-250,000)  UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Sir John Lavery – S.S. Ophir (£7,000-10,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE £21,250

    F E MacWilliam – Reclining Figure (£7,000-10,000) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD


    Monday, June 4th, 2018
    An Irish art auction by de Veres takes centre stage on June 12, hard on the heels of sales by Whyte’s, Morgan O’Driscoll and James Adam.  The leading lot at de Veres is William Scott’s Painting 1959 with an estimate of 250,000-350,000.
    The June 12 sale at the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare St. in Dublin will be on view at de Veres on Kildare St. from June 9. The catalogue is brimful of lots by artists as varied as Paul Henry, Colin Middleton, Mainie Jellett, Patrick Collins, Dan O’Neill, Roderic O’Conor, Michael Farrell, Camille Souter and John Doherty with sculpture by Rowan Gillespie, Patrick O’Reilly, Michael Farrell and other leading Irish lights.

    The growing confidence in the market for Irish art is reflected in estimates like 50,000-70,000 for Paysage des reves mauvais by Colin Middleton, 40,000-60,000 for  A Road in Connemara by Paul Henry, 30,000-50,000 for John Doherty’s photo realist depiction with acrylic on canvas of John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin and Swallows under the roof by Patrick Collins is estimated at 8,000-10,000.

    Painting 1959 by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 280,000 AT HAMMER

    John and Denis Mangan’s shop, Killorglin, Co. Kerry by John Doherty  UPDATE: THIS MADE 66,000 AT HAMMER


    Sunday, November 19th, 2017

    There is an unusually strong representation of Irish women artists at the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on November 22 at 6 pm.  The catalogue features artists May Guinness, Eva Hamilton, Letitia Hamilton, Evie Hone, Mary Swanzy, Norah McGuinness, Kitty Wilmer O’Brien, Margaret Stokes, Barbara Warren, Stella Steyn, Sarah Purser, Estella Solomons, Mildred Anne Butler, Rita Duffy, Sandra Bell, Melanie le Brocquy, Nancy Wynne Jones, Anne Madden and several others.

    By Merrion Strand by Jack B. Yeats is the most expensively estimated lot (€300,000-500,000).  Night Rider by Basil Blackshaw from the collection of journalist Eamon Mallie has an estimate of €100,000-150,000 and A  Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry is estimated at €60,000-80,000).  Blue and White by William Scott was originally in the collection of architect Michael Scott and The Storm by Mary Swanzy is from the estate of PJ Mara. The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    By Merrion Strand (1929) by Jack B. Yeats  UPDATE: THIS MADE 450,000 AT HAMMER

    Blue and White (1964) by William Scott  UPDATE: THIS MADE 33,000 AT HAMMER

    Above the Bay by Norah McGuinness  UPDATE: THIS MADE 36,000 AT HAMMER

    The Storm by Mary Swanzy  UPDATE: THIS MADE 100,000 AT HAMMER

    A Kerry Lake, Dingle Peninsula by Paul Henry  UPDATE: THIS MADE 65,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 29th, 2017

    William Scott (1913-1989) – Blue Still Life

    William Scott’s Blue Still Life sold for a hammer price of 450,000 (560,000 including commission and VAT) at Whyte’s sale at the RDS in Dublin this evening.  It was bought by an English agent for an unknown client.  The underbidder, who was Irish, was in the room.

    This was the most valuable work by an artist who was proud to call himself Irish ever sold in this country.  Scott was born in Scotland to an Irish father and spent most of his childhood in Enniskillen where he was encouraged to paint by his art teacher Kathleen Bridle.  He is regarded, among with Henry Moore and Francis Bacon, as one of the foremost British artists of the 20th century.  He always carried his Irish passport.

    The sale brought in around 1.8 million and was the most valuable art sale at Whyte’s since 2007.

    (See posts on for May 23 and May 15, 2017)


    Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

    Headed by a William Scott Blue Still Life estimated at 400,000-600,000 Whyte’s sale at the RDS on May 29 will attract both Irish and international interest.  Other prime lots include a Louis le Brocquy tapestry of Adam and Eve created in 1951  (80,000-100,000) and a rare wood carving by F.E. McWilliam entitled Man and Wife (70,000-90,000).  An iconic 1960’s image of Twiggy in front of a painting by Bridget Riley by American photographer Bert Stern is estimated at 5,000-7,000 and a 1938 landscape by Paul Henry is estimated at 100,000-150,000.  The catalogue is online. Here is a small selection:

    (See post on for May 15, 2017)

    Frederick Edward McWilliam RA HRUA (1909-1992) MAN AND WIFE, 1934 (70,000-90,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 70,000 AT HAMMER

    Barrie Cooke HRHA (1931-2014) RECLINING NUDE, 1965 (10,000-15,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 9,500 AT HAMMER

    Louis le Brocquy HRHA (1916-2012) ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN, 1951-1952 (80,000-120,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 140,000 AT HAMMER

    Paul Henry RHA (1876-1958) AN IRISH BOG, c.1938 (100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE 130,000 AT HAMMER


    Monday, May 15th, 2017

    William Scott (1913-1989) – Blue Still Life  UPDATE: THIS MADE 450,000 AT HAMMER

    William Scott’s Blue Still Life will lead Whyte’s sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin on May 29.  From the McClelland collection it has been on loan to the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) for the past eight years. This large scale work – it measures six feet long by four feet high – has previously been on exhibition at the Tate Gallery in London in 1972, at the Martha Jackson Gallery in New York in 1973, at Gallery Moos in Toronto in 1973 and it was with Richard Green at Art Basel in 2008. It is the most valuable work by artist to appear at auction in Ireland.  The estimate is 400,000-600,000.  Scott was born in Scotland of an Irish father and spent most of his childhood in Enniskillen.

    The sale of more than 180 works will be on display at the RDS from May 27.  Top lots include a tapestry – Adam and Eve – by Louis le Brocquy from the McClelland collection, a sculpture in wood by F.E. McWilliam and a large landscape by Paul Henry.  There is work by Yeats, Orpen, William Conor, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Percy French, William Leech, Micheal Mac Liammoir, Gerard Dillon, Barrie Cooke, Colin Middleton, Norah McGuinness, Camille Souter, Basil Blackshaw, Tony O’Malley and Gwen O’Dowd. The live and online sale will begin at 6 p.m.