IRISH ART AUCTION
TUESDAY, 9th OCTOBER at 6pm
Venue: The Clyde Court Hotel (formerly Berkeley Court), Lansdowne Rd, Dublin 4. On View: Sun, 7th to Tues, 9th October
John de Vere White, managing director of de Veres, says “we have put together an auction of paintings that come fresh to the market, with good provenance, from both Private and Corporate Collections and at realistic estimates. There really is something in this auction for every buyer.”
Lot 11: Grace Henry HRHA, 1868-1953, FISHING BOATS, Oil on board. Est.€ 3 – 5,000.
One is always looking for influences of the master, Paul, in Grace’s work, but it is not always to be found. A real feature of this fine example is the similarity with her husband in the palette used in this landscape, which is probably an inlet of Achill Island.
Lot 52: Conor Fallon RHA, 1939-2007, BIRD, Steel, 28” high. Est. €4 – 6,000
Instantly recognisable as Conor’s work, this impressive brushed steel sculpture stands at 28” high.
Lot 12: James le Jeune RHA, 1910-1983, THE POLO MATCH, Oil on canvas board, 12” x 18”. Est. €2,500 – 3,500
‘The Polo Match’ is most certainly depicting a match at the Polo Club in Phoenix Park, Dublin.
Other artists featured include Daniel O’Neill, James H Craig, Percy French, Henry Lamb, Peter Collis, Nathaniel Hone, Tony O’Malley, Louis le Brocquy, Felim Egan, Neill Shawcross, George Gillespie, Markey Robinson, John Behan, Ciaran Lennon, Richard Kingston, etc (180 lots).
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William Sadler, c.1782-1839
THE EMBARKATION OF GEORGE IV AT KINGSTOWN, 3rd SEPTEMBER 1821
Oil on canvas, 35” x 54 ¼” (89.2 x 138cm)
This work was acquired from The Gorry Gallery, at their recent Exhibition of 18th and 19th Century Paintings and is truly a painting of national importance. Depicting as it does the momentous departure of King George IV from Dunlaoghaire Harbour. It became known as Kingstown for the 100 years following this event.
George IV led an extravagant lifestyle both as King and Prince Regent. He reportedly arrived in Ireland roaring drunk and it was believed he visited primarily to spend time with his mistress, Lady Conyngham, at Slane Castle.
‘The momentous nature of the visit, combined with the competition from his artistic peers, led Sadler to produce this quite extraordinary work of immense ambition and scope. Some thousand figures are included’. (Gorry Gallery Exhibition catalogue)
One of Ireland’s major period artists William Sadler grew up in Dublin, the son of portrait painter and engraver William Sadler Snr. Sadler was also a teacher of painting and one of his prominent students was James Arthur O’Connor (1792-1841). ‘Donnybrook Fair’ is perhaps his best known painting, but his equally impressive ‘Battle of Waterloo’ is perhaps, given its size, the most comparable work to this.