Lavery’s life-long love of Tangiers on show at Sotheby’s

Tangier, 1919 by Sir John Lavery at Sotheby's on September 13.

Des O’Sullivan reports on a September sale in London which features a strong list of top modern Irish artists.

The artist John Lavery began a lifelong love affair with Tangier in January 1891. He painted the beaches to the east and west of the medina on many occasions.

A 1919 Tangier view by Lavery comes up at Sotheby’s sale of Modern and Contemporary Irish Art in London on September 13, estimated at £100,000-150,000 (€116,396- €174,601. The shadows on the sands indicate that this is a morning painting.

Lavery had to work quickly, given the ever changing clouds sweeping through the straits on a mild sirocco. 

From the exhibition of recent acquisitions at the National Gallery John Faulkner (1835-1894) Inniskea Isle, Achill
From the exhibition of recent acquisitions at the National Gallery John Faulkner (1835-1894) Inniskea Isle, Achill

It is thought that the aerial view represents one of the vistas from the flat rooftop of the Moorish villa built by Lavery’s old friend, The Times correspondent Walter Harris.

In all his paintings of the bay of Tangier, Lavery’s palette subtly reflects the time of day.

This is the first September date for an annual auction which this year will include work by Lavery, Jack B Yeats, Roderic O’Conor, William Orpen, Paul Henry, Gerard Dillon, Mary Swanzy, Colin Middleton, Rowan Gillespie and F E McWilliam. Sotheby’s sale will be on view at the RHA in Dublin from September 1-4.

The Markets, Belfast by Colin Middleton at Sotheby’s.
The Markets, Belfast by Colin Middleton at Sotheby’s.

In a just-published, mid-year review, Bonham’s has reported an increase of 22% in sales at their British and Irish art auctions. Irish art was 100% sold. Bonham’s says there is a strong demand for quality Irish work.

Irish art is on view in an interesting exhibition which has just opened at the National Gallery in Dublin. ‘Eclectic Images: Recent Acquisitions 2011-2016’ runs until December 7.

It shows highlights from the prints and drawings acquired over the past five years, including a donation of more than 160 prints from Brian Lalor.

This gift underlines how the national collection continues to benefit from the generosity of private donors.

Cubist Landscape with Red Pagoda and Bridge by Mary Swanzy at Sotheby’s.
Cubist Landscape with Red Pagoda and Bridge by Mary Swanzy at Sotheby’s.


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