Middleton’s The Witch of Mullaghderg features at sale

The Witch of Mullaghderg by Colin Middleton

IRISH literature, myth and legend inspired the Westerness series by the celebrated Northern Irish painter Colin Middleton (1910-1983).

The title of the series is drawn from Finnegan’s Wake and there is a fine example at Whyte’s Important Irish Art sale in Dublin on November 24 at 6 pm.

The Witch of Mullaghderg, painted in 1975, recalls his earlier surrealist paintings and it has been widely exhibited.

It is estimated at €20,000-€30,000.

The sale of 194 lots encompasses a broad cross-section of Irish art and artists, from Louis le Brocquy’s Tain series and portraits of Bono to Cecil King’s cool bract compositions to the landscapes of Frank Egginton and Percy French.

The catalogue cover is William Conor’s Youth and Age which depicts a young woman in a red shawl and an old woman in a black shawl against a backdrop of the Mourne Mountains. It is estimated at €20,000-€25,000.

There is also a selection of sculpture by John Behan.

The sale holds much of interest. A V’Soske Joyce handwoven wall hanging Rainbow Red by the artist Patrick Scott, who died earlier this year, is estimated at €2,000-€3,000.

A Dublin silver Millennium Commemorative silver piece from 1988 by Declan Breen and Michael Hilliar for Weir and Sons is unique and estimated at €30,000-€40,000.

Viewing gets underway at the RDS next Saturday and will continue from 10am to 6pm until the sale on Monday week.


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