Artistic gems from Irish legends past, present

Des O’Sullivan unfolds a treasure trove of art sales that include a rare Joseph O’Reilly and work by modern artists

Artistic gems from Irish legends past, present

With an early major work by John Luke and a history work by Daniel MacLise the James Adam sale of Important Irish Art in Dublin next Tuesday (Mar 26) at 6pm is of considerable interest.

Luke’s The Bathers from 1929 when he was a student at the Slade, was last seen in public in 1978 when it was part of the John Luke Exhibition organised by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. It is estimated at up to €20,000.

Cork-born Daniel MacLise’s work An Adherent of the Stuart (€10,000-€15,000) has been in a Belfast collection since the 1920s.

Northern artists featured include: Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig; Colin Middleton; William Conor and Daniel O’Neill. There are watercolours by Jack B Yeats and a tapestry by Louis le Brocquy estimated at €45,000 to €55,000). There is a rare surviving work by the Dublin-born artist Joseph O’Reilly, a pupil of Walter Osborne who died of consumption aged 28. This 1890 work — titled Contributions Earnestly Solicited — won him the Taylor Scholarship. It is estimated at €20,000 to €30,000 and illustrates the catalogue cover. There are 165 lots.

Viewing is from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow and from 10am to 5pm on Monday and Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in Limerick city, viewing continues at Castletroy Park Hotel today for Dolan’s art auction at 3pm tomorrow. There is a wide variety of work among the 146 lots on offer. There are landscapes, seascapes, still lives and some abstract canvasses. Estimates are reasonable and artists whose work will feature include Markey Robinson, Thelma Mansfield; David ffrench le Roy; Robert Ballagh; Victor Richardson; Graham Knuttel; Arthur Maderson; Henry Morgan; Geraldine O’Brien; Mark O’Neill and Jack Donovan.

Viewing is from 10am to 9pm today (Sat mar 23) and from 10am to the start of the auction.

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